Presbyopia

Age may bring wisdom and understanding, but unfortunately there is a downside: the physical degeneration of the body, including one’s precious eyesight. Anybody who once watched curiously as an older relative squinted at a newspaper, unable to see the print right in front of their face, suddenly understands the problem upon reaching middle age; we may not have heard of the term ‘presbyopia’, but we know that without reading glasses, doing close work is difficult if not impossible.

Presbyopia is a condition that develops naturally with age, wherein the eye displays a progressively limited ability to focus on near objects. Though the condition is not fully understood, research indicates that a loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens is the culprit, although changes in the lens’ curvature and gradual loss of power of the muscles that bend and straighten the lens may also be at fault. The signs of presbyopia usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50 years, and are almost always made worse by dim light.

The symptoms of presbyopia include:

  • Eyestrain/fatigued eyes
  • Headaches when performing close work
  • Difficulty seeing in dim light
  • Problems focusing on small objects or fine print
  • Blurred vision when transitioning between near and far viewing distances

Fortunately, solutions for presbyopia have advanced significantly in recent years. The UELC clinic is proud to offer new surgical procedures for those who do not want to wear glasses or contact lenses, including the implantation of accommodative intraocular lenses.

Presbyopic (refractive) lens exchange is a procedure used to correct presbyopia for patients who want to reduce their dependence on reading glasses or contact lenses. Using essentially the same procedure that has been used for millions of cataract surgery patients, the RLE procedure involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens implant. Multifocal intraocular lenses are used that allow the eye to focus for distance as well as close up.

Another treatment option for the correction of presbyopia is known as laser blended vision. This procedure, performed in patients at our clinic, uses laser refractive surgery to correct the dominant eye mainly for distance vision and the other eye mainly for near vision, while correcting for an increased distance range (depth of field) in both eyes. As a result, the brain creates a ‘blend zone’ which is in focus for both eyes. This allows you to see near, intermediate and far distances without glasses.

Often our patients ask us about the benefits of surgery for correcting presbyopia. At UELC, we are delighted to let patients know the good news: over 99 percent of patients who undergo lens exchange surgery recover their full distance vision without needing glasses or contact lenses, and over 80 percent of patients using the multifocal lens do not even require reading glasses. Moreover, with any surgery to correct presbyopia, the risk of developing a cataract (clouding of the lens), which is significant in patients over 60 years and even younger for those with severe refractive errors, is completely eliminated.

Because our clinic is a world-class surgical facility offering premium care, our highly trained eye surgeons are at your service. We will be able to prescribe the perfect course of action to treat your presbyopia during a complimentary consultation. Do not wait; call us to find out about all your options for clear vision.