What to expect when you’re under 40

Vision problems and solutions for this age group

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People who are 40 and under who suffer from vision problems have likely done so for their whole lives.

The types of eye problems common in people under 40 are:

  1. Short-sightedness – difficulty seeing things that are far away
  2. Long-sightedness – difficulty seeing things that are up close
  3. Astigmatism – blurry and distorted vision

Most people use glasses and contact lenses to correct these vision problems and are happy to do so. Then, there are others who find glasses and contact lenses an inconvenience or even unsafe. For these people, eye surgeons offer numerous eye treatments to safely, effectively and permanently correct these common vision problems.

Some people, in addition to the problems we list above, also suffer from dry eyes. Dry eye is a common condition that results in itching, rubbing, scratching and sometimes burning of the eyes. People under 40 who suffer from dry eye might spend a lot of time in front of screens or expose themselves to environmental conditions (for example, air conditioning) that promotes dry eye.

How it feels

Eye problems can have effects on you that go beyond the physical symptoms we’ve listed above. For example, some people feel

  • a lack of confidence in social situations
  • a lack of freedom to swim, engage in sports
  • a lack of convenience
  • worried about the dangers of contact lens wear (which exceed the risks of laser eye surgery)
  • burdened by the long-term costs of replacing glasses and contact lenses
  • unable to pursue their career goals
  • constrained in their parenting duties
  • unattractive when they wear glasses

People choose vision correction for their own reasons. Fortunately, vision correction treatments not only can address these emotional concerns, but they can also be the most logical choice as well.

Daily life impacts

People under 40 live busy lives that can be encumbered by glasses and contact lenses. These daily hassles can affect you from morning to night.

For example, imagine

  • waking in the morning without needing to find your glasses or put in your contact lenses to see
  • taking a shower or shaving your face and seeing everything you’re doing clearly
  • working out at the gym and seeing both your phone screen and the faces of those around you
  • cycling to work and seeing clearly far ahead of you and seeing your cycling computer screen at the same time
  • looking up from your screen at work to greet your co-workers and looking back down at your screen without a second thought
  • going for an afternoon swim without worrying about seeing without your contact lenses
  • opening the oven to take out the dinner you’ve cooked without your glasses fogging up
  • falling asleep without worrying about taking out your contact lenses
  • waking up in the middle of the night without fumbling for your glasses to tend to a child who needs your attention

All of these possibilities and many more await a life after glasses and contact lenses.



Fortunately, there’s a safe and reliable alternative to glasses and contact lenses

The principles of laser eye surgery go back 50 years. Eye surgeons have treated people with lasers for over 40 years. The long-term data is in – the effects of laser eye surgery may last longer than many people reading this page have been alive.

Like most eye surgeons, we offer the traditional approaches to laser eye surgery, which we call:

Furthermore, we’re among the relatively few eye surgeons in Europe to offer SMILE, which is a more advanced and less invasive form of LASIK.

For people who can’t have laser vision correction, we offer ICL, which can be an excellent solution for those 40 years of age and under.

Dry eye can be a contraindication for some forms of vision correction. If you suffer from dry eye, we can offer the help you need.



Older male Témoignages

“Le jour de l’intervention, je n’ai ressenti aucune gêne et aucune douleur. Après 2 h de repos j’ai pu reprendre mes activités tout à fait normalement. Deux jour après l’intervention il ne subsiste aucune gêne. Je tenais également à insister sur le fait que, contrairement aux idées reçues, ce n’est pas une intervention réservée aux personnes jeunes. J’ai 59 ans et c’est une totale réussite.”


“Le Docteur Albou-Ganem m’a opérée de la presbytie il y a un an, et je suis très heureuse du résultat, plus besoin de lunettes pour lire, même ma vue de loin est bonne. C’est un vrai soulagement pour moi, car j’ai hésité pendant un moment avant de sauter le pas, difficile de prendre une telle décision.”


“Après une opération rapide et sans douleur j’ai quasiment immédiatement remarqué une nette amélioration de ma vue de près et de loin. Au fil des semaines cela n’a fait que se confirmer et je n’ai jamais reporté mes lunettes depuis! Je ressens une telle liberté dans ma vie de tous les jours ainsi qu’une impression d’avoir rajeuni que je recommande à toute personne de le faire sans hésitation si cela leur est possible!”

Male Témoignages 2

“Docteur Catherine Albou-Ganem l’a immédiatement dissipée. Contact et confiance se sont installés immédiatement. Ses explications ont été claires, précises et je peux dire que le Jour J de l’opération, j’y suis allé les yeux fermés! Pour les rouvrir quelques heures plus tard avec la vue parfaite d’un homme de 30 ans!”


“L’opération a été un franc succès. J’ai maintenant 10/10e, sachant qu’auparavant j’avais une assez forte myopie (-5 et et -4,5) et un léger astigmatisme.”


“Vous m’avez opérée il y a maintenant plus de deux ans. A part pour conduire et regarder la télévision, et encore… je n’ai plus besoin de lunettes, moi qui n’ai jamais rien vu… Il m’a fallu plusieurs mois pour que ma vue s’adapte. Je tenais donc à vous remercier de cette opération qui a changé ma vie! Plus d’ulcères douloureux dus aux lentilles et la possibilité d’ouvrir les yeux sous l’eau et d’admirer les jolis poissons!”

F. LB.

We have replaced the images of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.


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About the author

Doctor Catherine Albou-Ganem
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon 

I am Catherine Albou-Ganem and I am an ophthalmic surgeon brought up in a family of ophthalmologists. I had a passion for ‘the eye’ and ‘the vision’ from my childhood. This was the subject of my first presentation at school.

Today, I share my refractive surgery activity between the hospital and the private sector.

I am proud to have contributed to the development of new laser refractive surgery techniques that can correct vision defects with accurate, effective and safe results when respecting the indications.

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