Presbyopia – What is that?!



Presbyopia – What is that?!

You might have already fallen victim to the dreaded reading glasses or had to change your normal glasses to bi-focal or multi-focals.  Either way, you are now at the stage of life where you have to admit to yourself that you can’t see your phone or book or dashboard on the car as well as you used to!  You might remember your mother, father or old Uncle Alistair having to wear them but never really understanding why.  Thankfully, there is an easy explanation for this unwelcome phenomenon…


Ok, so what are my options?

You might want to start with reading glasses.  Everyone is different but some decide to get reading glasses from their Optometrist and go designer with a presbyopiafancy frame.  After all, if you need a little reading help, you can still attempt to look good, right?  Others might know that they are guilty for always losing sunglasses and have given up on buying designer sunnies a long time ago.  For this reason and they’ll opt for your $10 readers out of the pharmacy and keep a pair everywhere.  The car, the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedside table… you name it, you have a pair of glasses there!  Presbyopia 

Others might receive a recommendation to try ‘monovision contact lenses’ to help with their presbyopia.  If you’ve never been a contact lens wearer, you will likely not want to start in your 40’s as most people find putting them in and taking them out a chore and very difficult and we must admit, there is a certain knack to contact lenses that not everyone has!  They might even just feel highly uncomfortable in they eye which is often the case.

Monovision means using your dominant eye for distance vision and your less dominant eye for reading/near vision correction.  Not everyone’s brains can adapt to the imbalance in vision making this option not suitable for everyone.

Does this feel familiar? (Vision with presbyopia)

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I can definitely relate to one of the above.  Is there a more convenient option?

It really all depends on how you feel about your current presbyopia situation.  If you really dislike your reading glasses or have become intolerant to the contact lenses that seemed to be a godsend for a while there, then yes, you will find surgical advancements convenient, easy, affordable and pain-free.

Read our recent blog all about trifocal intraocular lenses to find out how Dr Graham Furness is getting fantastic results for people wearing readers or a combination of both readers and distance vision glasses with safe surgical intervention. presbyopia

You can also find out all about refractive lens exchange (RLE) which is a commonly performed procedure to get you out of your glasses!  Click here for a direct link and information.

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Depending on what route you decide to take, whether it be glasses or surgical, it is important to have your eyes tested by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. This will ensure that a thorough eye health exam has been completed as well as giving you the most accurate vision advice. There are many invisible ailments that exist within our body’s and our eyes are often the window to diagnosing them.

Most health funds will cover the cost of an appointment with an Optometrist and towards the cost of glasses.  Private health does not cover for RLE (refractive lens exchange) surgery, should you wish to not wear reading glasses. RLE surgery costs in the region of $5,100 to $5,900 per eye with Insight Eye Clinic. This cost is inclusive of: Surgeons fee, hospital fee, anaesthetists fee, post-op eye drops, post-op appointments and out of hours care should it be required. presbyopia