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Presbyopia, what are my options?

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that affects everybody from mid-forties onwards.

Presbyopia

What is it?

The natural lens (crystalline lens) in a young person flexes from thin to thick to focus vision for closer objects (this is known as accommodation). However, throughout life and over time, the lens becomes less elastic and more rigid and we gradually lose the ability to focus at close range. (presbyopia).

Early signs of presbyopia are difficulty reading in dim conditions, reading small text and text with poor contrast. Initially it is possible to hold things further away and increase the prevailing light but with time the need for reading glasses becomes inevitable.

Presbyopia

Treatment

All types of treatment for presbyopia cause some form of reduction in the clarity of your distance vision.

Options include monovision – correcting one eye for near work and the other for distance, multifocal implants and corneal inlays.

If you’d like to find out which laser eye surgery treatment option is best for you, book online now to meet with our highly experienced optometrists and Dr Noel Alpins, who will assess your suitability.

 

Lasik Treatment

LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ-Keratomileusis) eye surgery is a safe and painless procedure.

Over 80% of patients having laser eye surgery will undergo this treatment, and over 35 million people have enjoyed its results worldwide. The result of our LASIK eye surgery Melbourne wide is simply fantastic.

PRK Treatment

Prior to the development of LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK Surgery was the first astigmatism.It has undergone many advances and innovations since its introduction more than 20 years ago.

Treatments

How do they compare?

The total time for each procedure is between 15-20 minutes for both eyes, although the laser treatment itself lasts only seconds. Long-term results are equally as good with either method although good quality vision is reached quicker with LASIK. For this reason LASIK surgery is the preferred choice for correcting vision for most patients.

LASIK Treatment PRK Treatment
Prior to the treatment, a hinged flap on the cornea is created either with a laser or a microkeratome. Prior to the treatment, the epithelial layer of the cornea is gently brushed away.
Prior to the treatment, a hinged flap on the cornea is created either with a laser or a microkeratome. After treatment, a ‘bandage’ contact lens is placed onto the eye. The epithelium grows back within days.
Healing is rapid. Healing takes longer to achieve.
Excellent vision is reached within a few hours and you can return to work the following day. Excellent vision is expected within a month although most patients can drive within 5 days and return to work in a week.