More and more people age 18-30 are being prescribed glasses, from the use of technology gadgets, computers and for driving. The most common reason for those age 18-30 and need glasses for driving and other distance vision problems, or who wear glasses full time is:
- Myopia, also known as short-sight
- You may also have astigmatism, either alone or combined with short-sight
The key issue for short-sighted patients or those with some degree of astigmatism in this age-group is whether or not the prescription has stabilised, i.e. is the vision still getting worse or the prescription getting stronger? If either of these issues are occurring, it will not help your eyesight get better. For example; the stronger your prescription gets, the more your eyes will be dependent on that prescription. The best indicator for this is your refractive history, which means looking at your last two prescriptions:
- are the last two prescriptions from your previous eye tests approximately the same?
- do the glasses you were dispensed 1 year or longer ago still work well and give you clear vision?
We know from research following laser eye surgery patients over 20 years that if they were well selected and not progressing at the time of treatment, almost 99% remain stable in the long-term.
If the glasses prescription is now stable, you may be a good candidate for laser eye treatment
LASIK correction is the treatment of choice for short-sight and astigmatism. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) may also be an option depending on the anatomy of your eyes. The re-treatment rate at Focus Clinic for return of Myopia more than one year after surgery is only 1 in 800 cases.
The re-treatment rate at Focus Clinic for return of Myopia is only 1 in 800 cases