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.
Further information about presbyopia and presbyopia treatment
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION
Read more about laser eye surgery
New refractive surgery guidelines from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, together with patient information on Laser Vision Correction, Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Lens Exchange and a Checklist for patients will be published in April 2017. Click here for more information
Take this checklist to your consultation with your refractive surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each item with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having
refractive surgery. Click here for more information
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Laser Vision Correction Patient Information booklet (PDF). Click here for more information
SMILE corrects myopia and astigmatism, or a combination of both refractive errors with only a very small incision at the corneal surface. This high-precision procedure is the latest development in the refractive laser treatments. Includes videos, treatment steps, and questions and answers.
Click here for more information
LASIK treats refractive errors by folding away the top layer of the eye and re-shaping tissue underneath. If a femtosecond laser is used, this type of procedure is called Femto-LASIK. Includes videos, treatment steps and questions and answers. Click here for more information
PRK/LASEK procedures remove a thin cell layer from the top of the eye so the laser can reshape the underlying cornea. This surgery may be an option for those who are not eligible for LASIK or those who look for the most economic option for refractive laser surgery. Includes videos, treatment steps, and questions and answers. Click here for more information
About the author
Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic, St James’s University Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.