Ben Franklin, the philosopher, famously penned the phrase – “In life there are two certainties – death and taxes.” Today, eye care professionals take to liberty of slightly revising Ben Franklin’s phrase to read “In life there are three certainties – death, taxes and presbyopia”. Presbyopia is the term that ophthalmologists use to describe the aging of the crystalline lens of the human eye that results in the need for reading glasses.
Ben Franklin, as an inventor and innovator, also sawed two glass lenses in half and then combined them in the same eye glass frame thereby creating the first “bifocal lens” for the treatment of presbyopia. Although today’s progressive lenses used in eyeglasses have improved upon Ben Franklin’s bifocal glasses, they remain fundamentally the same product today as they did in Franklin’s day. Visual distortion and feeling like one is seeing the world through a “fish bowl” are the common complaints of patients who use either progressive lenses and classic bifocal glasses.
It is time to move on from bifocal technology from the 1700’s. Life Style Lasik is a very simple adaptation of the highly successful Lasik surgery and demonstrates several advantages over alternative treatments such as monovision or corneal inlays such as the KAMRA® lenses. Life Style Lasik provides the ability to see perfectly at distance with both eyes and also read magazine sized print without the need for any reading glasses. Because both eyes can see 20/20 or better at distance and both eyes can see to read there is no noticeable reduction in the quality of a person’s vision as can be seen in monovision.
It is ideal for patients such as pilots or commercial drivers who must have excellent distance vision in both eyes but also need to see at near without reading glasses. The maintenance of normal binocular vision is what makes Life Style Lasik so exciting and versatile.
Years of carefully studying the specific type of corneal shape required to maintain normal distance vision while allowing the person to also read normal magazine print without reading glasses led Dr. Will to the position where it is now possible to consistently perform a unique Lasik technique that can deliver this visual endpoint with a very high success rate for those who are good candidates for this procedure.
The Life Style Lasik is performed using the identical AMO-VISX Star S4 IR and iFS Advanced Femtosecond lasers used for standard Wavefront Guided Bladeless Lasik. However, because the process is more complex than a typical Lasik procedure, there is an additional charge compared to standard Wavefront Guided Bladeless Lasik. In addition, the ability to deliver excellent visual outcomes using the Life Style Lasik is dependent upon the surgeon having an advanced knowledge of corneal optics and, ultimately, is both an art and a science. For these reasons, Life Style Lasik is exclusively offered by Dr. Will and Will Vision and Laser Centers.