Presbyopia usually occurs beginning at around age 40, when people experience blurred near vision when reading, sewing or working at the computer.
You can’t escape presbyopia, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. Even people who are nearsighted will notice that their near vision blurs when they wear their usual eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision.
When people develop presbyopia, they find they need to hold books, magazines, newspapers, menus and other reading materials at arm’s length in order to focus properly. When they perform near work, such as embroidery or handwriting, they may develop headaches, eye strain or feel fatigued.
Traditionally the only vision correction options available were glasses or contact lenses. However, there are now a number of alternative options to be considered. One such option is a procedure known as a refractive lens exchange (RLE), often also called clear lens surgery (or, if the femtosecond laser is used, laser lens surgery).
A refractive lens exchange is exactly the same procedure as cataract surgery in that the natural lens of the eye is replaced by intraocular lens. The only difference is that the patient isn’t suffering from cataract-affected vision. However, the added bonus of this procedure is that it means the patient will never require cataract surgery.
We specialise in this procedure and can help you throw away your reading glasses!