Presbyopia is a condition that affects most people over the age of 40.
As we age, the natural lens of the eye becomes harder and less elastic. This reduces the eye’s ability to focus sharply on nearby objects and reading glasses are required. Some people will need bifocal or varifocal glasses to see clearly at all distances.
Once presbyopia has started any treatment to the cornea, such as laser eye surgery, will only work for a short while as the lens will continue to change. For this reason we prefer to remove the ageing lens and replace it with a new lens which has the ability to see near and far which will last forever. Nearly 15 million lens implant procedures are carried out worldwide each year and it is as safe if not safer than laser eye surgery.
Presbyopia correcting lens implants achieve this by using three different types of technology:
- Light Adjustable Lens
Nobel Prize winning technology which allows fine-tuning of the lens implant even after surgery to simply give the best vision possible customised for your individual eye. Can also correct other focusing imperfections to give superior vision.
- Accommodating Lens Implants
Lenses which incorporate a hinge type mechanism which allows flexing within the eye to change focus.
- Multifocal Lenses
Implants where the lens is divided into zones which allow for near to far vision.