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PresbyopiaPresbyopia is the eye condition which causes people aged 45 and older to need reading glasses. It is caused by ageing of the eye’s natural lens which stiffens and loses its ability to focus. Those affected gradually lose the ability to focus close up and become increasingly dependent on reading glasses. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you are likely to be suffering from presbyopia:
- The need to hold your phone further away to see it clearly
- Difficulty reading small print such as on on your phone, in newspapers or magazines
- Difficulty keeping clear focus when reading
- Eye strain when reading for long periods
Can you prevent presbyopia?
Unfortunately not. Presbyopia is a natural ageing process and progresses over time requiring stronger and stronger glasses.
Can presbyopia be treated?
Reading glasses have been used for decades to temporarily relieve the symptom of presbyopia. Recent advances in laser and lens implant technology have produced exciting new treatments to free people from the need to use reading glasses. These surgical treatments have been shown to be safe and effective and have the added bonus of correcting long-sightedness, short sightedness and astigmatism; all at the same time. In general, patients aged 45 to 60 with no signs of cataract (clouding of the natural lens) formation can be successfully treated with PRESBYOND ™ laser correction surgery. Patients aged 60 and older, or younger patients with signs of early cataract formation be treated with REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE WITH MULTIFOCAL LENS IMPLANTS.
PRESBYOND ™ laser eye surgery uses a technique called “blended vision” to re-set the vision in both eyes, focusing one eye for the distance and the other eye for reading. The dominant eye (whichever eye your brain prefers to use for looking through a gun-sight or a camera viewfinder) is re-focused so that distance and mid-range (e.g. standard television distance) vision are perfectly sharp without many glasses. The other, non-dominant eye is corrected so that it is perfectly in focus for mid-range and reading distance vision. The brain then overlays the two images to give excellent vision at all ranges.
Refractive lens exchange with multifocal lens implants
If you are over 60 you are likely to have early signs of cataract therefore the treatment of choice of your presbyopia is REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE WITH MULTIFOCAL LENS IMPLANTS. Similarly, if you are younger than 60 but your cornea is too thin for laser or if your glasses prescription is too large for laser then lens exchange surgery offers excellent results and freedom from needing several pairs of glasses. This treatment involves an identical procedure to standard cataract surgery but is combined with the implantation of a highly sophisticated multifocal lens implant to enable each eye to see distance, mid-range and reading-range vision. This treatment gives the added benefit of simultaneously permanently treating your cataract and preventing any future vision loss from cataract.