Presbyopia: Ageing eyes
Everyone develops presbyopia during their lifetime.
Most people, whether they have previously worn glasses or not, experience the symptoms of presbyopia in their 40s – although some people do not experience it until their mid-50s.
As we age, the lens inside the eye loses its ability to change shape and shift the focus of the eye from distance to near.
Effectively, the zoom system in the eye becomes weaker.
This means that your ability to read small print (e.g. smartphone screens) diminishes and you require different lenses for focusing on close and distant objects.
Traditionally, people have used reading glasses, bifocal or varifocal lenses to correct presbyopia, or have resorted to undergoing a Clear Lens Exchange procedure (replacing the lens inside the eye with an artificial one).
However, London Vision Clinic has been using PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision to correct the symptoms of presbyopia since 2004; this is a much safer and less invasive procedure than Clear Lens Exchange, as it does not require the surgeon to go inside the eye to remove the lens.