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Presbyopia


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Presbyopia, or the changes in vision naturally associated with aging is a common problem that affects tens of millions of people. Presbyopia includes nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or monovision. Previously, presbyopia was often not corrected by refractive surgery since it's often directly related to the progressive weakening of the muscles in and around the eyes (refractive surgery specifically corrects the topographical imperfections on the cornea surface - a correction unrelated to muscle weakness.) In most cases, these millions of people have to turn to glasses or reading lenses to allow them to see more clearly.

Fortunately, advances in technology have now made refractive surgery a potentially feasible option for presbyopia issues, most notably for those persons with nearsightedness to assist in increasing the depth of field.

For those patients who have already had LASIK, presbyopic changes may still occur, since they are related to muscle weakness. Whether these patients are candidates for the upcoming refractive surgery for presbyopia remains to be seen. But if the trajectory of that technology mimics the rapid advances in conventional LASIK surgery, people with vision issues will likely have no problem at all seeing more clearly without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses!


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