Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the age-related reduction in reading vision. It occurs due to the loss of accommodation, which is your eye’s ability to increase its natural focusing power. This happens gradually to everybody, usually after the age of 40.

Presbyopia can be corrected in several ways:

  • Glasses (simple reading glasses, or varifocals)

  • Multifocal contact lenses

  • Contact lenses using monovision

  • Reshaping your cornea with laser (PRESBYOND™ LASIK, or monovision)

  • Replacing your natural lens with an artificial lens of different power (“Refractive Lens Exchange; RLE”). Options for this include:

    • Trifocal lenses

    • Extended depth of focus (“EDOF”) lenses

    • Monovision using monofocal or enhanced monofocal lenses

 

Find out more about PRESBYOND™ LASIK

Find out more about Refractive Lens Exchange 

Find out more about monovision

If you are long-sighted, you may notice the effects of presbyopia earlier than other people. This is  because you need to “accommodate” at all distances to keep things in focus. Once this ability starts to reduce, you will quickly become more dependent on glasses for reading.

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