READING GLASSES | PRESBYOPIA
DIFFICULTY FOCUSSING CLOSE UP DUE TO AGEING EYES
Why do you need reading glasses, and can you be rid of them?
Presbyopia is the normal age-related loss of ability to focus on near objects. The term comes from Latin words that mean “ageing eyes”.
Many people in their early 40s and 50s will experience these presbyopia symptoms;
- eyestrain when reading
- a difficulty keeping reading material in clear focus
- the inability to read small print
- the need to hold reading material further away to see it clearly
Can we treat presbyopia?
Yes. There are several forms of presbyopia treatment, which we’ll get into lower on this page. In this video, James Ball discusses the top reasons for people to have presbyopia correction.
Can you prevent presbyopia?
James Ball discusses the causes of presbyopia and whether it can be prevented.
We use PRESBYOND ™ laser eye surgery to correct presbyopia. Though it cannot restore distance vision and near vision in the same eye, laser eye surgery can correct presbyopia by using the PRESBYOND ™ blended vision technique.
Presbyopia treatment options
The majority of people in their forties and fifties who need glasses for distance and reading are suitable for PRESBYOND ™ blended vision laser eye surgery. As part of our comprehensive assessment of your vision we simulate the effect of the PRESBYOND ™ and can predict your tolerance to the blended vision optical set-up.
The majority of clinics only offer lens replacement surgery for this group of patients. At Custom Vision Clinic we carefully assess your suitability for both PRESBYOND ™ LASIK and Lens replacement. If your natural lens is still crystal clear and has some residual accommodation ability then we should try and keep it in your eye.
If your cornea is not suitable for laser eye surgery or if your prescription is too large for laser eye surgery then lens replacement can be an excellent alternative to give you decreased dependence on spectacles. Also, if you have signs of cataract then it makes sense to perform lens replacement because not only will we provide you with spectacle independence but also we will have treated your cataracts.
At present there are only four clinics in the country which are able to offer PRESBYOND ™ blended vision LASIK. This may be the reason that most eye clinics will only offer you lens replacement.