Presbyopia Treatment

What is Presbyopia?


Presbyopia is the most common eye condition in Australia and occurs as part of normal ageing. It is not considered to be an eye disease and symptoms are usually noticeable by age 40–45 and continue to develop until the process stabilises some years later.


With the onset of Presbyopia you will begin to experience blurred near vision when reading, sewing or working at the computer. Even people who are nearsighted will notice that their near vision blurs when they wear their usual eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision.

Freedom from Glasses: Lens Replacement Surgery Benefits


Whilst Presbyopia will affect the quality of near-vision, some of you may also be afflicted with poor distance vision because of either hyperopia (long-sightedness), myopia (short-sightedness) or astigmatism. This means that you are probably already wearing glasses or contact lenses to help with this. If you also have Presbyopia some of you may even be wearing bifocal or multifocal glasses or contact lenses. If you are short-sighted and over 40, you may even find that taking your distance glasses off improves your closeup vision.


Lens Replacement Surgery will help with all of these conditions, meaning that distance glasses, bifocal or multifocal glasses or contact lenses will not be required after surgery.

Lens Replacement Surgery for Presbyopia.


At  iLaser our treatment options for Presbyopia involve surgery in the form of cataract or clear lens extraction, at a day surgery facility using the latest surgical techniques of femto laser lens extraction or phacoemulsification.


Surgery usually involves removal of the crystalline lens which may or may not have developed cataract (cloudiness). Sometimes the lens is not removed at all, but rather an intraocular contact lens (ICL) is implanted. This technique is suitable for short sightedness as an alternative to refractive laser surgery and is completely reversible unlike laser.


After the lens is removed from the eye, different types of Intra Ocular Lenses (IOLs) are implanted according to your visual needs. Most commonly this involves a trifocal IOLs, but occasionally other types of technologically advanced IOLs are used, with a different optical design. These advanced IOLs are called extended depth of focus (EDOF) lenses and allow very clear far distance and intermediate distance vision with perfect clarity. Spectacles may still be required for reading small print if there are inadequate lighting conditions. Only one eye is operated on initially and the second has the same procedure at least 4 weeks after.


Full visual rehabilitation can usually be achieved 6 weeks after the first eye is operated on but, usually the vision is excellent within a couple of days after surgery. The procedures involve minimal downtime, usually of 2 -3 days after each surgery. All going well, you will not need to wear any glasses at all after the visual rehabilitation period is complete.



There are different types of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) implanted according to particular vision disorders. Discover the different types and compare IOLs:

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