Are you experiencing any of these problems?

1. You can’t see near objects clearly.

When reading, you find yourself holding reading materials further away and you are unable to see as clearly as you wish to, causing you to be slower and dependent on reading glasses.

2. Your eyes tire easily and you experience headaches.

After short hours of near work, your eyes feel strained and uncomfortable.

3. You feel uncomfortable and your eyes tire easily when you wear your contact lenses to read.

If you find that you’re holding your reading materials further away when you’re wearing contact lenses, you probably have presbyopia.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the gradual decline of your eyes’ ability to focus on near objects, causing objects to become blurry for near vision. Most people experience presbyopia in their late 30s to early 40s. If you’ve noticed that you have to hold a book farther away to read than you used to, you probably have presbyopia.

Presbyopia or lao hua is a natural part of ageing.
As we cannot reverse ageing, there is no perfect
solution for presbyopia. Thus, it is important to
know that all treatment methods for presbyopia are
compromises.
Dr. Tony Ho, Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre

Treatment Methods

“I have lao hua only”

Supracor Treatment

The eye surgeon will usually only correct one eye (the less dominant eye), creating a multifocal cornea in that eye with laser vision correction. This eye will be able to see better for near vision.

“I have both myopia and lao hua”

Monovision Treatment

The eye surgeon will correct both eyes with laser vision correction. One eye will be corrected to see clearly in the distance (your dominant eye), and the other eye (your non-dominant eye) to see better for your near vision activities.

Correcting Presbyopia, The Process

1. The pre-LASIK Evaluation

You will have to undergo a pre-LASIK evaluation which comprises a series of eye tests, checking your eye power, cornea thickness and general eye health. You will find out if you are suitable for presbyopia correction here.

2. The Trial Lens Test

To allow you to experience and adapt to Monovision or Supracor, the eye doctor will provide you with trial contact lenses to be worn in one of both eyes. You will wear these trial lenses for about 1 -2 weeks.

3. The Laser Treatment

Usually after 1 – 2 weeks, the brain begins to seamlessly use the eyes in a monovision manner. When you are comfortable with your monovision trial lens experience, you can then proceed with laser treatment to permanently correct your vision.

Top 5 Presbyopia Myths

Myth #1 – I am too old for LASIK.

It is commonly believed that LASIK is only for the young (20s-40s). In fact, there is no defined age for LASIK. If you’re feeling frustrated due to blurry vision while reading, it’s never too late to opt for laser treatment as a solution! That being said, you will need to go for a pre-LASIK evaluation to check if you are suitable.

Myth #2 – If I have perfect 20/20 eyesight, I will never get presbyopia.

This is absolutely untrue. Like grey hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is a natural part of ageing. Our eye muscles weaken and lose its ability to focus well as we grow older. Presbyopia may come as a rude shock for those who had perfect vision all their lives, since they have never experienced blurry vision all their lives!

Myth #3 – If I already have myopia, I will never get presbyopia.

This is false. It is possible to have both myopia and presbyopia at the same time. If you find yourself frequently removing your glasses to read better, you probably have both myopia and presbyopia. You may correct both at one go.

Myth #4 – Farsightedness is the same as presbyopia.

Although the symptoms of farsightedness and presbyopia are similar, their causes are very different. Farsightedness is a refractive error that causes both distance and near objects to appear blurry. Farsightedness can occur at any age, but presbyopia only comes on later in life.

Myth #5 – I have had LASIK before, I cannot go for a second op.

Since 1996, some 30 million people have gone for LASIK. With technological advances today, it is now possible for presbyopia enhancement to be done on the surface of the LASIK flap to correct presbyopia. Check with your eye surgeon to see if you’re suitable.