Major advances in eye care technology mean people with age-related loss of vision no longer have to depend on reading glasses to see clearly.
Most people, at some point in their 40s, develop presbyopia; a stiffening of the natural crystalline lens within the eye. As the natural lens can no longer be easily moved by the contraction of the eye muscles to focus, the light rays don’t hit the retina at the back of the eye optimally, and we get a blurred image.
Quite often our distance vision remained unaffected; it’s only objects that are close to us that we have trouble with. Many people compensate initially by trying to hold objects away from them to try to get a clear focus, and inevitably end up being dependent on reading glasses.
Now, exclusive to Optilase in Ireland, a procedure called Presbia is changing the picture, quite literally, for people with presbyopia. In a swift, safe and effective procedure, a tiny lens called a corneal inlay is implanted over the eye to compensate for the natural lens’ inability to focus on near objects.
Developed specifically to address the widespread problem of presbyopia, Presbia’s Flexivue Microlens™ is a microscopically thin polymer which is biocompatible with the body. It is permeable, so allows nutrient flow through the cornea, and is invisible once it’s in.
Presbia only requires a corneal implant in one eye, the non-dominant eye, to correct your vision. After a detailed assessment of your vision, you’ll be scheduled for the procedure which only takes about 10 minutes.
Your Optilase Ophthalmic Surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to cut a very small pocket in the surface of your cornea, and then slips the inlay gently into place. The corneal cut is tiny and heals itself within days.
After the procedure you’ll be monitored for improvement and changes in your vision in a series of follow-up visits. You may experience some glare or ‘halo’ effects as your eyes become used to the inlay.
One of the many advantages of Presbia’s Flexivue Microlens™ is that the lens can be removed or exchanged at any point, or taken out altogether if a different corrective eye procedure may be better suited to your needs in years to come.
Your eyes will be able to focus correctly on near objects after Presbia as the corneal inlay compensates for the stiffing of your own natural lens. Most people can get rid of their reading glasses altogether, and the improvement frees you from depending on corrective eyewear to go about your daily tasks.
If you’d like to say goodbye to your glasses and have a clear view all day, call Optilase on +353 1 223 8821 to see if you’re a candidate for corneal inlays. You get a free consultation and it may change your life.