The Lunar New Year is approaching, this is also the time when many people want to have refractive surgery (near, farsighted, astigmatism) to take advantage of the long holiday for eye recovery. For adults over 30 years old with stable finances, nearsightedness surgery is one of the New Year's goals to restore bright eyes, creating more favorable living and working conditions. However, many people often wonder whether 30 years old is too late to have surgery? Learn advice from medical experts in the article below.

People over 30 years old and financially stable need surgery

What is refractive surgery?

Refractive surgery is a solution to completely eliminate nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness at the time of treatment. Some popular refractive surgery methods today include placing Phakic intraocular lenses or using laser technology (ReLEx SMILE, Femtosecond Lasik, SBK Lasik).

Some candidates suitable for refractive surgery include:

  • Aged 18 years and older.
  • Stable refraction (does not increase more than 0.75 degrees within 6 months).
  • Normal corneal structure.
  • There are no acute or chronic eye diseases (inflammation, keratoconus, corneal scarring).
  • Not pregnant or within 6 months postpartum.
  • Intraocular pressure is within acceptable conditions.

Should people over 30 years old have myopia surgery?

For people over 30 years old, the level of nearsightedness in the eye does not increase or increases insignificantly, the possibility of nearsightedness returning after surgery is low, so the patient is suitable for nearsightedness surgery if the remaining surgical conditions are met.

However, an issue that patients need to be concerned about is presbyopia in the future. After age 40, our eyes tend to suffer from presbyopia, decreasing the ability to adjust for close vision according to the body's natural aging process. The eye's regulatory function is achieved thanks to the elastic ability of the lens to help focus the image of nearby objects onto the retina. Over time, along with the body's natural aging, the lens inside the eye gradually hardens, becomes less elastic and gradually loses its inherent flexibility, leading to a decrease in the eye's ability to regulate, causing Eyes have difficulty seeing up close.

Patients tend to have presbyopia when they turn 40 years old

Currently, presbyopia is not a barrier in refractive surgery. If you are about to enter the age of presbyopia, your doctor may suggest a number of treatment options to suit your eye condition. Specifically, you can have surgery to treat refractive errors using the usual methods, suitable for your current eye condition. In the future, if your eyes show signs of presbyopia, you can wear near-sighted glasses when reading or working with the computer to assist with accommodation.

The second option is to prevent future presbyopia, the doctor may prescribe a little residual myopia on the eye to support near vision in the future. In cases where the patient's eyes have begun to show signs of presbyopia, presbyopia treatment surgeries such as Presbyond Femto or Presbyond SBK will be options to consider. The mechanism of these surgeries is also to completely eliminate nearsightedness in one eye to support distance vision and leave a little residual nearsightedness in the other eye to support near vision.

In addition, medical experts also encourage patients to have refractive surgery early to enjoy good vision quality for a long time.

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Myopia surgery at Japan International Eye Hospital

At Japan International Eye Hospital, patients will undergo 7 steps of in-depth pre-operative examination, listen to advice from a team of leading ophthalmologists to determine the most suitable treatment method, as well as receive advice with a team of professional consultants.

Ninh Tito (Food Blogger, 30 years old) performs ReLEx SMILE surgery combined with Crosslinking at Japan International Eye Hospital

Ninh Tito (Food Blogger, 30 years old) had nearsightedness surgery at Japan International Eye Hospital with the ReLEx SMILE method combined with Crosslinking in July 2023. He shared: “I have worn glasses for more than 20 years. I really want to get close-up surgery to see life with my own eyes, freely change fashionable eyeglass frames and dive to admire the beauty of the sea. Ninh's surgery took place quite quickly and gently, in only about 15-20 minutes. After being discharged from the hospital and sleeping for about 6-8 hours, I could see everything clearly and my vision was up to 10/10.”

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