Less than 30 years ago, Americans had no choice when their vision became presbyopic; their doctors prescribed “readers,” or bifocals, to correct their vision. The staff at Magruder Laser Vision wants you to know that this condition is now treatable with a number of outpatient vision correction procedures that will make your life so much easier.

Presbyopia means “old eyes” and affects more than a billion people around the world. Your eye contains a specific elastic protein responsible for the rapid ability of your lens to change shape, allowing your eye to focus. The elasticity of this protein pulls and relaxes around the perimeter of the lens, causing it to stretch or relax. The change in the lens’s shape is responsible for our ability to see far away and close within a fraction of a second.

As we age, the lens elasticity decreases, and focusing ability decreases as well. Most of us notice this change when we try in vain to focus on a prescription bottle, a magazine, or a book and cannot make the words come into focus.


Knowing your eye’s health and structural integrity will determine which of these laser vision correction procedures is the correct one for you.

1. MLV Advanced LASIK

MLV Advanced LASIK is available for nearsighted and farsighted patients, as well as those who are presbyopic or have astigmatism. By changing the shape of the eye, the focal plane is redirected to the back of the eye, where sharp vision is most easily recognized.

2. Advanced Surface Ablation

MLV Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), sometimes related to its predecessor PRK, is quite similar to LASIK, as the laser focuses on the surface of the cornea for both procedures. However, recovery from ASA may be longer than LASIK recovery. ASA is well suited for military personnel and athletes with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

3. Custom Lens Replacement

In this procedure, the natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens with your prescription. Custom Lens Replacement is a good choice for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia.

The surgeons at Magruder Laser Vision are ready to discuss which solution is right for you and help you toss those readers. Give us a call at 407-843-5665, or book your free consultation online. Please read our latest blogs for information about procedures, eye care, and eye health. Being well informed will help you make the correct vision correction decision.