How to improve your eyesight with presbyopia

As we get older, our eyes tend to change and lose some of their ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a common condition that can affect those around the age of 40. It can be frustrating, especially if you enjoy reading, writing or any other work that requires good eyesight. Thankfully, there are different treatment options available for presbyopia. In this article, we are going to compare two popular options for treating the condition: Lens replacement surgery and laser blended surgery.

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia occurs when the lens inside your eye becomes weaker and less flexible over time, causing the lens to thicken and become less able to adjust its focus. This can cause you blurred vision, eye strain, and headaches. If left untreated, this may lead to more serious conditions such as cataracts.

1. Lens replacement surgery to treat presbyopia

Also called refractive lens exchange (RLE), lens replacement surgery is a procedure that involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial one. One significant advantage of lens replacement surgery is that it is a one-time procedure that can potentially eliminate the need for cataracts in the future.

2. Laser blended surgery for presbyopia

Laser blended surgery is a non-invasive procedure that involves reshaping the cornea of the eye using a laser. This procedure does not remove the natural lens but instead changes the shape of the cornea, so it can focus light better. By using an excimer laser, we enhance your vision for various distances. We correct one eye to see objects up close, while the other eye corrects for clear distant vision. With time, your eyes will adjust to this new way of viewing, leading to a significant improvement in your vision.

The main advantage of laser blended surgery is that it is a quick procedure that is less invasive, therefore, minimum downtime is required.

3. Comparing lens replacement surgery with laser blended surgery

Both procedures have their benefits and downsides. RLE is a permanent solution that can eliminate the need for glasses and contacts all together. However, it is a surgical procedure which is more invasive and with a slightly longer healing time than laser eye surgery.

Laser blended vision however, is non-invasive and has minimal risks. However, it may not provide the desired result for some people and may require further treatments. It also does not prevent the development of cataracts in the future.

Presbyopia can be frustrating, but it is treatable. Lens replacement surgery and laser blended surgery are two great options available for the treatment of your presbyopia. To find out more about your options book a free virtual appointment with us. Don’t settle for reading glasses, explore alternative treatments available for presbyopia, and enjoy clear vision at all distances.


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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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