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16 How the eye works
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. newspapers) diminishes and
you require different lenses for focusing
on close and distant objects. Traditionally, people have used reading glasses, bifocals or varifocal lenses to correct presbyopia,
or resorted to a Clear Lens Exchange procedure (replacing the lens inside the eye with an artificial one). However, London Vision Clinic have been using Laser Blended Vision to correct the symptoms
of presbyopia for over ten years; 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.

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