Presbyopia is an age-related focus dysfunction that results in the gradual loss of near vision. It is not a disease – it is as natural as wrinkles and eventually affects everyone. It can start as early as 35 but people typically become symptomatic from the age of 40 onwards, whether they are near sighted, far sighted or enjoyed perfect vision previously. It is estimated that over 1.8 billion people worldwide have some degree of presbyopia. The most common solution for presbyopia is the use of reading glasses or contact lenses.
Exciting advances in ophthalmology now allow patients to choose corneal inlays to correct presbyopia. In contrast to other alternative treatments to reading glasses and contact lenses, such as monovision LASIK or more invasive intraocular lens replacement surgery, the Presbia Flexivue Microlens™ technology can be an excellent option. Most importantly, it is designed to be easily removable and upgradable if, for instance, your presbyopia advances and a new prescription is needed
• no reading glasses for everyday tasks
• minimally invasive procedure
• customizable and upgradable
The Presbia Flexivue Microlens™ offers a solution for people who are looking for a way to read common items such as newspapers, restaurant menus, cell phone messages and supermarket labels without glasses. The benefits of an implanted lens outweigh glasses, which can easily be lost, misplaced, broken or scratched. And in a culture of youthfulness and healthy lifestyles, people do not like to be burdened with reading glasses.
An uncorrected, presbyopic lens experiences restricted muscular flexibility. This causes the focused image to occur behind the retina, resulting in an out-of-focus image at the retina. By contrast, the Presbia Flexivue Microlens™, which is barely visible to the naked eye, can help near objects to be seen clearly by arriving in-focus at the retina.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is the most common eye condition in Australia and occurs as part of normal aging. It is not usually noticeable by age 40–45 and will continue to develop until the process stabilises some 10–20 years later.
What size is the lens?
It is only 3mm in diameter and approximately 15 microns in edge thickness.
What is it made of?
The lens is made of a hydrophilic polymer, similar to the materials that have been used to make intraocular lenses (IOLs) for the past 20 years.
How is it inserted?
Similar to the process used in LASIK, a femtosecond laser is used to create a pocket in the cornea and the Presbia Flexivue Microlens™ is implanted using Presbia’s proprietary insertion tool.
What are the benefits?
Corneal inlays are less invasive and offer much greater patient satisfaction than other types of treatments for presbyopia. Other surgical treatments may eliminate the need for reading glasses, but they have side effects which create monovision.
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