Many changes occur as one reaches the mid sixties. Medicare, retirement, empty nest and manifestations of wear and tear of body are the prominent ones. What changes not is the need to see well. A person at this age is invariably in glasses and some may be in bifocals, trifocals and even progressives. The natural lens becomes dysfunctional requiring readers or cheaters. The lens also changes color, and in many people develops opacities called cataracts. Hence a person may require more light to see well.
The safety and well being is very important as one progresses from the sixties to seventies and beyond. Good vision at all distance allows a person to remain independent, keep current home and retain driving license. If tremors, arthritis or memory lapses set in finding contact/glasses and trying to insert contacts or wear glasses can be a chore and sometimes prove dangerous. Vision is a good investment.
The good news is that if you have cataract which interferes with your daily activities insurance will pay for part of the surgical procedure called Prelex. This can be determined by your Ophthalmologist with a simple questionnaire and an eye exam This technique involves the exchange of the dysfunctional lens with a modern biocompatible lens. It allows each eye to see far, near and everything in between (not monovision). In contrast LASIK provides only distance or near vision. Prelex, a painless procedure takes a few minutes, is done one eye at a time allowing many people to return to work same day.
If you are older than 65 the best options are