VISION IN OUR TEEN YEARS
During our teen years, our vision generally remains quite good. Participating in competitive sports and active lifestyles can be why some people start to wear contact lenses. Of course, this begins a lifestyle with all the commensurate risks and expenses of contacts.
While it is imperative to determine that a person’s vision is developmentally stable enough for corrective surgery, young people enjoy the greatest cost benefit of investing in life without glasses and contacts.
VISION IN OUR 20s & 30s
In our 20s and 30s, our vision is almost always stable enough to benefit from corrective eye surgery. Deciding at an early age to have a life without glasses and contacts is often a very economical decision, and we benefit from a lifetime of clear vision.
VISION IN OUR 40s & 50s
As we start to get older, our eyes start to get drier. This makes contact lenses especially less comfortable to wear. Also during this time, our human lens starts to become more rigid and less able to help us naturally focus our vision. We start to notice a growing need for reading glasses as things at a near distance start to become blurry.
Whereas most corrective eye surgery before 40 is typically only done to affect cornea distortions, procedures after 40 also account for a dysfunctioning lens.
VISION IN OUR 60s & UP
As we continue to age we start to notice changes in both the type of eyeglasses we need (bifocals, reading glasses, etc.) as well as the quality of our vision, even if we had LASIK early in life. The reason for this is the natural hardening of the human lens, which is actually the early stages of cataract formation. The yellowing of the lens causes a reduction of light into the eye and the feeling of a need for more light, especially in a reading situation.
No one is immune from cataracts. It is a natural aging phenomenon. The human lens becomes more rigid with age and also yellows very gradually over time. These changes are slow to develop and often go unnoticed for years.
When the symptoms are significant enough from the progression of yellowing, the human lens can be replaced with a new intraocular lens (IOL). The cataract will never come back!