What is Presbyopia?
The Greek word for “aging eye,” presbyopia is the most prevalent eye condition in America, affecting most people after the age of 40 and everyone by age 51. Presbyopia causes near vision to fade with age, making it difficult to see things up-close. An estimated 90 million baby-boomers either have presbyopia or will develop the condition within 10 years. These people struggle to read or do hobby work, and must rely on magnifying reading glasses for even the most mundane daily tasks, such as checking a watch. But now, thanks to new advancements in eye care, qualified patients can undergo simple laser, CK, or implant procedures to improve their reading vision.
NearVision CKConductive Keratoplasty, or CK, involves using localized radio frequency waves to gently reshape and “firm up” the aging cornea. The radio frequency is applied in a circular pattern along the outer edges of the cornea, minimizing interference with your line of sight. This treatment shrinks collagen in the cornea, effectively changing the cornea’s shape to correct your reading vision without requiring the removal of tissue or the use of a laser. See our NearVision CK page HERE!
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.