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The goal of treatment is to compensate for the inability of your eyes to focus on nearby objects.
If you had good, uncorrected vision before becoming presbyopic, you may be able to use nonprescription, over-the-counter reading glasses. But check with your eye doctor about what's right for you.
Reading glasses sold over-the-counter are labeled on a scale that corresponds to the degree of magnification (power).
You'll need prescription lenses for presbyopia if over-the-counter glasses
Your choices include:
Prescription reading glasses. If you have no other vision problems, you can have prescription lenses for reading only.
Refractive surgery changes the shape of your cornea. For presbyopia, this treatment — equivalent to wearing monovision contact lenses — is used to improve close-up vision in the nondominant eye.
Most refractive surgical procedures were developed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Few studies have been published about the long-term effectiveness of monovision refractive surgery for people with presbyopia.
Refractive surgical procedures include the following:
Conductive keratoplasty (CK).
This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to apply heat to very tiny spots around the cornea. Think of heat stretching plastic-wrap packaging.
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK).
With this procedure, your eye surgeon uses an instrument called a keratome to make a thin, hinged flap in your cornea.
Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK). Instead of creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon creates a flap only in the cornea's thin protective cover (epithelium). Your surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea's outer layers and steepen its curvature and then reposition the epithelial flap.Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). This procedure is similar to LASEK, except the surgeon removes the epithelium. It will grow back naturally, conforming to your cornea's new shape.
Surgical Reversal of Presbyopia (SRP).
This minor procedure involves the insertion of "Scleral Expansion Bands" into the sclera, or white of the eye. Scleral Expansion Bands are made of tiny segments of a special polymer (polymethylmethacrylate, PMMA) that are inserted under the surface of the eye.
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