Presbyopia Correction- Eliminate the Need for Reading Glasses
Everyone starts to lose some near vision when we reach the 40s. This results from gradual stiffening of the natural human lens in the eye, with a loss of the ability to focus up close as we age. It is a natural part of the ageing process, which progresses until about 60 years of age. At first, we may start to notice that lighting needs to be bright enough to read fine print. Later, holding things further away may be necessary to read comfortably. In later years, reading aids or surgical options may be necessary.
This age-related vision loss is medically known as Presbyopia. Fortunately there are correction and treatment options available if you are experiencing presbyopia symptoms.
Treatment Options for Presbyopia
The most common way to address this problem is with bifocal spectacles, although people with myopia may find that all they need to do is to take off their glasses to read. Alternative nonsurgical methods involve bifocal or multifocal contact lenses, and contact lenses worn for an optical approach called “monovision”. Essentially, this calls for full optical presbyopia correction with a contact lens in the master eye, with slight under correction in the other eye, leaving a low amount of myopia or short-sightedness. This low amount of myopia allows clear near vision.
If you have dry eyes or other problems making contact lenses unsuitable for you, and would still like to be without glasses, here are some good options for you.
Conductive keratoplasty (CK) with LightTouch is a new, revolutionary technique approved by the US FDA for the treatment of presbyopia. It is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can be done in the doctor’s office in Singapore. In fact, it has such a good safety record that it is approved for use in airline pilots. The procedure is fast and easy to perform, with no cutting or removal of tissue. It is performed in minutes, with only eyedrop anaesthesia. It is suitable for people with minimal or no myopia (short-sightedness), either naturally or following LASIK or cataract surgery, and for patients who have hyperopia (long-sightedness) of up to +3.25D (325 deg).
LASIK with the monovision approach may be an option for you if you have significant amounts of myopia, astigmatism or other refractive error. The results are similar to monovision with contact lenses.
If you already have cataracts, then the best option for you would be cataract surgery with implantation of multifocal lenses. These new premium lens implants will restore both your distance and near vision, similar to what you were used to in your 30s, without the need for glasses.
If you are seeing the symptoms of presbyopia, visit our eye care clinic today in Singapore.
Frequently Asked Questions About Presbyopia Correction
There are five types of presbyopia:
- Premature presbyopia: Presbyopia happening before the age of 40 years.
- Incipient presbyopia: Earliest stage when it becomes difficult to read small prints.
- Functional presbyopia: More problems with near sight.
- Absolute presbyopia: Eyes cannot focus on near objects at all.
- Nocturnal presbyopia: Eyes cannot focus on near objects in low light conditions.
For presbyopia correction, the doctor will first test your eyes for the severity and will then suggest the right treatment.
When you reach the age of 40, your eyesight starts to deteriorate. This is because the lenses in your eyes become less flexible, making it difficult for you to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural part of the ageing process and affects everyone to some degree. There are several other factors that can contribute to presbyopia, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, or glaucoma. If you have any of these conditions, you may be more likely to develop presbyopia at an earlier age. However, timely treatment for presbyopia can save the condition from getting worse.
There are various types of eye surgery that can be used for presbyopia correction including LASIK, cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange and others. Which type of surgery is best to correct presbyopia for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. For a better evaluation of your eye condition and presbyopia correction, book an appointment today to visit our clinic in Singapore.