Can LASIK eye surgery remove the need for reading glasses?


[Music] So can laser eye surgery remove the
need for reading glasses? The answer is yes. Presbyopia is a condition in which the person
loses the ability to focus on distance to near. This is because the lens that lives
behind the coloured part of the eye is becoming thicker and stiffer and more difficult to
focus the light onto the retina and therefore reading glasses have to be used. Conventional
eye surgery couldn’t treat this before; however because of more recent advances we are now
having good results of getting rid of reading glasses for patients. The treatment I use
is called PRESBYOND and it’s a very successful treatment, a very well proven treatment. In
that treatment the laser is used to make one eye the dominant eye, more focused for distance,
and then the other eye is more focused for near with overlap in the middle between the
two. And therefore the brain and it is in the brain that vision is seen or appreciated
it not actually within the eye the brain is getting all the information it needs from
all the different distances and is able to build the picture in order for the person so see
in the distance, in the middle, and for reading as necessary. This does take a little bit
of neural adaption or getting used to by the brain when the procedure is first done. With
some people, it’s within hours or within days immediately they can see everything clearly. With others,
it takes a little bit more time for the brain to get used to processing the information
in the new way that it’s coming in and we always say we need three months to make sure
that it’s working properly for you.

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