‘Wearing glasses for reading meant surrendering to old age without the least bit of a fight’ Andrea Camilleri, writer
Why do we need readers?
The word ‘presbyopia’ means ‘old eye’ in Greek. Dependence on reading glasses isn’t a question of if, but when. The lens in your eye’s flexibility allows it to change shape to focus on near, intermediate and far objects. The lens slowly loses its flexibility. After 40 the lens becomes more rigid and cannot change shape as easily. This causes the difficulty in reading and other close-up tasks. If you do not correct presbyopia, you may get headaches due to eyestrain.
The good news is there are more possibilities than ever to continue functioning seamlessly despite of the loss of your natural ability to see up close.
Managing the inevitable
Glasses are the most common way of dealing with presbyopia. Wearing reading, bifocal or multifocal glasses will most likely affect our lifestyle.
With modern options surrendering to reading glasses is not your only option. Permanent solutions include PresbyLasik and Refractive lens exchange. PresbyLasik is similar to LASIK but blended vision is used to achieve near, intermediate and far focus. This can also be used as a top-up when developing presbyopia after you had LASIK years before. When you are starting to show signs of cataracts developing or are at a more advanced age Refractive lens exchange might be a better long-lasting solution for you. The biggest advantage is never searching for your reading glasses again
How does PresbyLasik work?
With PresbyLasik, the cornea (first clear layer of the eye) is shaped in such a way that refractive errors are corrected, and an extended focus is created. To benefit maximally from this extended focus the two eyes have slightly different focus points to create an overall increased depth of focus and spectacle independence for most of your daily tasks. There is a large overlap between the two eyes in the middle creating continuous focus.
Laser blended vision has a range of benefits, especially when compared to traditional monovision options like bifocal glasses and contact lenses. It is based on a continuous focus rather than focus at specific points. Laser blended vision does not require surgery that enters the eye, making it a safer option than clear lens exchange surgery. Between 95% and 98% of laser blended vision patients can read normal newsprint and 80% to 96% can read the very smallest print on medicine bottle inserts without reading glasses.