A new approach to a 30-year-old procedure is freeing people in their forties from glasses dependence.
And it can mean no more glasses on, glasses off, “where are my glasses?” or holding that menu at an ever increasing distance from your eyes.
What many people don’t know though is that a very similar procedure to that performed for cataract removal can help you say goodbye to glasses dependence.Dr Eugene Hollenbach
Dr Eugene Hollenbach, from Newcastle’s iLaser Vision Surgery, said many people suffer from presbyopia as they age.
“As you get older you realise you can no longer see as clearly as you once did,” he said. “Your limbs just don’t seem to be long enough to hold out that menu you used to read at arms length and you are starting to depend more and more on glasses. When you have to wear glasses it always seems as though they are downstairs, upstairs, in the car or in your purse!
“If you are in your forties or older, and you now wear reading glasses, even though you didn’t need them when you were younger – you may have a condition called presbyopia.”
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Presbyopia is an age-related vision disorder that is considered a natural part of ageing. It affects the sight of 1.3 million Australians and sets off a cycle of “glasses on, glasses off, glasses on” as your prescription gets worse, and your lenses get thicker and thicker.
However, Dr Hollenbach said new technology is available to sufferers of presbyopia which could alleviate the need for glasses at all.
“Cataract sufferers have been undergoing lens replacement surgery since the 1980s and it is regarded as one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today,” he said. “What many people don’t know though is that a very similar procedure to that performed for cataract removal can help you say goodbye to glasses dependence.”
He said the latest advancements in cataract surgical techniques, and through the learnings of lens replacement treatments for cataract patients, this new treatment can help those with presbyopia.
“Ultimately it will decrease or remove their dependence on reading glasses for near and far sight needs, using a lens that has a trifocal design that responds to different visual demands.”