Laser Eye Surgery for Presbyopia (Reading Glasses)

Prices for treatments in our London clinic start from £5,400 for both eyes.

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About Our Laser Eye Surgery For Presbyopia

Do you find it hard to read menus in restaurants or focus on the screen without putting on your reading glasses? Are you struggling to see your text messages and having to squint and strain to read what's on your phone?

If you have historically had good vision but now find yourself over 40 and having to wear reading glasses, or if you've been wearing glasses for distance vision and now find your near vision has also worsened, you may be developing presbyopia. 

Focus Clinics is here to lead you through what causes presbyopia and what can be done about it.

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What is Presbyopia?

This is a natural and unavoidable condition in which the ageing process lessens the eye's ability to focus on close-up objects. 

Presbyopia creates the need to wear glasses in almost all people over 50, which is why it is defined as the need for reading glasses.

Presbyopia results from a loss of flexibility in the crystalline lens inside our eye, making it progressively more challenging to change focus and making near vision increasingly poor. 

This stiffening of the natural lens is a process which begins at birth, and it is only between the ages of 30 and 50 that this loss of flexibility impacts visual acuity.

At just 15 years of age, a quarter of reading power is gone. By 30, we've already lost half. At the age of 45, approximately 85% has been lost, and around this time, near vision blurring appears. It’s time for glasses!

While this is helped at first by holding objects further away or through better lighting, the reduction of your near vision eventually reaches the point of needing glasses or vision correction surgery.

How We Lose Focusing Power As We Age

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What Are the Treatment Options for Presbyopia Surgery?

The choice of procedure will depend on your age, prescription and general health, as well as your personal preference.

Your two main choices are:

Focus Clinics is a specialist clinic for the treatment of age-related reading problems. 

David Allamby, our chief surgeon, was the first to perform the pioneering Blended Vision procedure in the UK over 20 years ago. He has performed this procedure longer than any other UK eye surgery expert.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Like cataract surgery, lens replacement surgery (or refractive lens exchange) is the process by which the natural lens is removed and replaced with a permanent implant (also known as an intraocular lens, IOL). 

Whether or not you would continue to wear reading glasses or contact lenses after lens replacement surgery depends on the type of intraocular lens replacing your natural lens - whether monofocal IOLs or premium multifocal lenses. 

Monofocals provide good distance vision, but patients often still require glasses for up-close reading. Multifocal lenses, however, provide a good amount of both distance and near vision.

Lens replacement surgery can reduce or eliminate the need for distance glasses and/or reading glasses. Around 90% of patients will be glasses-free with lens exchange surgery. 

However, newer designs of IOL can give freedom from reading glasses for up to 98% of patients.

There is no one-size-fits-all lens choice when it comes to refractive surgery. The type of IOL that is best for you will depend on your individual eyesight needs and what you hope to get out of refractive lens exchange.

LASIK Blended Vision

Laser eye surgery can help restore near vision through an approach called Blended Vision. 

An ideal option for those aged 45-65, Blended Vision does not require visiting an operating theatre and can be completed in around 10 minutes.

Laser Blended Vision is the process by which the dominant eye is treated by laser eye surgery to sharpen distance vision, while the other eye is treated to give clear near vision. 

In 90% of patients, the brain can blend these two inputs and enable clear vision for both near and far focusing. 

A simple screening test can determine the other 10% of patients who will not get on with a blended approach. Unfortunately, they will not be eligible for this kind of treatment, although multifocal lens implants can still be possible.

When performed at Focus Clinics, whether you are eligible for laser blended vision is decided in your best interests. 

Your eye health and vision goals will be considered to allow the best path possible for your presbyopia treatment.

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Focus Clinics is Rated #1 for Laser Eye Surgery in the UK on TrustPilot

Getting my laser eye surgery with Focus was the best decision I ever made. They were so professional and thorough from start to finish. I was clearly informed of all steps from start to finish and on the day of the surgery I was looked after so well, Dr Allamby did an amazing job, it was so quick, easy and painless that I didn't even know it had happened at first!

Olivia

It's been 3 months since I had my laser eye surgery and I can confirm that the results have been impeccable! The team have always been very professional, attentive and caring. All the aftercare advice provided has really helped my eyes to heal and I can confidently say that they feel more than brand new.

Rumyana

It's been 5 years since i've had laser eye surgery done and it is honestly the best amount of money I have ever spent in my life. I've been suffering for years wearing contact lenses and glasses with constant headaches and dry eyes...For anyone wondering if they should do it, please please please go ahead and do it! 

Chelsie

You are fully protected by our industry-leading 10-Year Guarantee.

Free retreatment is available if you return to a significant prescription after the initial surgery during the first ten years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Eye Lens Surgery?

Eye lens surgery is a type of refractive surgery to correct vision. It is also known as lens replacement surgery. The natural lens of your eye helps you focus. During this surgery, your natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.

Can Laser Surgery Fix the Need for Reading Glasses?

Yes, laser eye surgery can correct Presbyopia and the need for reading glasses. The two most common procedures are LASIK and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery.

LASIK surgery can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It can also correct Presbyopia by creating a multifocal cornea.

RLE surgery involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). There are different types of IOLs available, and your optician will advise you on the best option for you.

Is There an Eye Surgery to Correct Reading Vision?

Yes, there are several types of surgery that can correct reading vision. The most common procedures are LASIK, Blended Vision, and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). Advanced LASIK procedures can also correct presbyopia using monovision or multi-focal techniques.

How much does Blended Vision laser eye surgery cost?

LASIK Blended Vision is a slightly more complex procedure than standard LASIK, and the treatment price reflects a certain increase in the amount of time we need to spend examining your scans, results and data, as well as the expertise needed to deliver great Blended Vision results.

Prices start from £5,400, but you can get a better idea of treatment prices and payment plans on our laser eye surgery prices page.

Can You Have Laser Eye Surgery for Presbyopia?

Yes, you can have laser eye surgery for presbyopia. This condition, which causes blurred near vision, can be corrected with LASIK procedures using monovision or multifocal contact lenses.

Does LASIK Speed Up the Need for Reading Glasses?

No, LASIK surgery does not speed up the need for reading glasses. In fact, LASIK can correct presbyopia and the need for reading glasses. Presbyopia is a condition that causes blurred near vision, and it is a natural part of the ageing process.

What Are the Negatives of Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a safe and effective way to correct vision. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks and potential side effects. These include:

• Dry eye
• Infection
• Inflammation
• Swelling
• Flap complications
• Halo
• Glare
• Night vision problems

Many of these risks are incredibly uncommon, but it is important to discuss the risks and potential side effects with your surgeon before having surgery.

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