Treatable eye conditions: presbyopia

laser eye surgery technique presbyopia can fix ageing eyes

Presbyopia unravelled

The common term for the deterioration of vision caused by ageing is presbyopia, which is also known as ‘old eye’ (thank god it’s not the other way round).

As we reach early middle age (around 40), our eyes become less able to adjust our vision to different distances. This is because the lens in the eye is gradually stiffening, while at the same time the muscles that allow it to change focus are becoming weaker.

Because it’s a natural part of ageing, presbyopia affects everyone, and it only gets worse as we get older. If you’re in this age group, you’re probably already seeing the effects. Classically, you’ll realise that your near vision is deteriorating. You begin to hold books and newspapers further and further from your eyes, until eventually, your arms aren’t long enough to let you focus.

If this sounds familiar to you then you’ll be thinking it’s time for the dreaded reading glasses or bifocals — an often painful reminder of the years creeping up on you.

Hang on a minute, can Laser Eye Surgery stop time and keep my eyes young?

People often ask how long the effects of Laser Eye Surgery will last — will they wear off? The answer is no: the effects are permanent. The trouble is, we’re all getting older, and the ageing process does affect the performance of our eyes. You may be confused as you’ve already been told Laser Eye Surgery is powerless against ageing eyes; it’s true — except at the London Vision Clinic.

Presbyopia treatment

We can’t stop you getting older. But contrary to what you may have heard, Laser Eye Surgery can counter the effects of presbyopia. Other surgeons are forced to resort to synthetic lenses, inserted surgically into the eye. But the London Vision Clinic has pioneered a revolutionary Laser Eye Surgery technique called PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision that allows most patients to reduce their dependency on reading glasses for at least a number of years, if not for good.

PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision, which has been available at London Vision Clinic since 2004, adjusts the eyes so that both eyes work together at distance and at near, while one works mainly at a distance, but a little up close, while the other works mainly up close, but a little at distance. Unlike with monovision, patients with PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision retain stereo vision.

The brain soon adapts to this system, combining the two images so that you can once again see both near and far without effort. In most cases, the brain is able to compensate, giving you excellent depth of focus and overall visual acuity, without glasses or contact lenses.

So if you wear reading glasses, varifocals, or bifocals (or are trying to put them off), we can almost certainly help. To find out more, call us on 0207 224 1005 to speak to a Patient Care Coordinator, or complete a quick online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.