Presbyopia affects everyone - typically around the age of 42-45 years. It's when your arms feel they are too short and you're always looking for more light in order to see what you're reading. Then you get reading glasses and before you know it, there are pairs of reading glasses lying all over the house and office, yet you can never seem to find them
Presbyopia is difficulty reading up near with age. When light rays enter the normal eye, they are focused at a single point on the retina, located at the back of the eye thanks to the lens inside the eye changing shape (accommodating). The cornea (the clear portion at the front of the eye) and the lens inside the eye bend or ‘refract’ the light rays so that they focus at the correct point. As we age the lens becomes less elastic and the light cannot focus on the retina any more and it seems that our arms are becoming too short. This is when people start using reading glasses.
There are multiple surgical options that work very well to rid you of reading glasses. The best option for you will be sought out. This depends on factors like what your current distance vision is like, how you respond to monovision testing, what your exact requirements are and many other factors. Rest assured that we have the widest range of treatment options available and will not recommend any surgery until we are sure what your best option is. Most times we will trial this option when and where feasible using a contact lens trial
One eye is corrected for reading and the other for distance vision. This works very well for a large proportion of patients. We will do multiple tests to determine whether this is the best option for you. One common way to determine if this approach would suit you is to carry out a Contact Lens Demonstration at a cost of €100. This is where we prescribe lenses that when fitted will give you some idea of what the result will be after surgery.
Here a pinhole inlay is implanted into the cornea and provides improved reading while compromising distance vision minimally. See more about the Kamra inlay here.
This procedure is best suited to the person that cannot tolerate any form of monovision at all and does not like the 2 eyes being different. This is performed on both eyes and there is improved reading vision and improved intermediate vision (e.g. computer screen) while distance vision remains perfect. Please see here for further information.
These are lens implants that replace the natural lens and have multifocal optics i.e. each eye can see far and each eye can see near. This tends to be the procedure of choice if there are signs of early cataract or the distance vision is also slightly impaired. As you can see there are many options and we take our job of helping you decide which one is most appropriate for you very seriously. Contact us to find out more
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