A result from the natural eye lens becoming less flexible, short sightedness, or presbyopia, occurs most predominately for those aged in the mid-forties and beyond. Continuing to struggle on with squinting and moving your smartphone further away to simply read a text seem to be the preferred method of dealing with our eye sight changing, rather than facing facts and seeking consultation.
According to David Cartwright, optometrist and chairman of National Eye Health Week, “We find people in real denial about their need to wear glasses … and it appears from research that men are the worst offenders”. Surprising really when popular fashion brands have utilised spectacle dependency with all tastes designed and catered for.
So this leaves us with the question; what are the alternatives? Traditionally most have turned to contact lens as a cheap and effective way of countering visible spectacles. Alternatively, for long term eye sight rectification Laser Surgery has become a popular procedure in the last 20 years, with varieties available including Femtosecond Laser Surgery. This procedure utilises precision excimer laser technology to re-sculpt the eye’s underlying cornea, improving the quality of treatment and quickening the healing time.
Increasing in popularity in recent years, Clarivu, a Refractive Lens Exchange procedure, focuses on removing the ageing natural lens to improve your overall vision focus. Replacing with a permanent IOL (Intraocular Lens Implant), the correct lens is inserted which aligns with your prescription. Another development – customised cataract surgery can also effectively reduce spectacle dependencies and remove the cataract in a single advanced procedure.
For those with large glasses prescriptions and if under the age of 45, contact lens implants may offer an alternative way to achieve freedom from glasses. The benefit of implantable contact lenses is the fact that this approach is perfectly placed to help those people who are too young to consider having Clarivu refractive lens exchange but have prescriptions too large for laser vision correction.
No longer is the trade-off between glasses, contact lenses or presbyopia. There are alternatives, you just need to look (not squint!).