Reading glasses | Presbyopia2020-09-23T19:21:59+10:00

Treating presbyopia in Melbourne

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Treating presbyopia in Melbourne

Dr Anton van Heerden explains what PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision is and how it works
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Presbyopia explained

Everything you need to know about presbyopia

Have your eyes started changing since you turned 45 years old? Have you lost the ability to adjust from distance vision to near vision and find that you now need reading glasses almost all the time? Are you getting frustrated wearing reading glasses or multifocal glasses?

You probably have presbyopia which is the normal ageing process of the eyes and starts happening to everybody around the age of 45-50 years of age. This is when most people experience this notable difference in their vision.

The eye’s lens can change shape (a process known as accommodation) to maintain a clear image or focus on an object as its distance varies.

However, the lens’ ability to change shape declines over time because of a natural loss of elasticity. Presbyopia is the result of these changes and occurs when we reach our 40’s and 50’s. This is why reading glasses become necessary – they provide the extra focusing power required to see near objects.

To diagnose presbyopia, we perform a clinical examination, reading vision assessment and refraction test (a measurement of the eye’s ability to focus).

This enables us to determine how advanced the presbyopia is and the strength of your prescription.

Surgical solutions include:

  • LASIK laser vision correction with monovision

Laser vision correction is possible once you get over 45 years of age. With “Mono-vision”, we correct one eye for distance vision, and the other for near vision which allows you to see in the distance and read without glasses. This solution is not for everybody, and we recommend you have a “contact lens trial” with this correction to find out if you can tolerate this visual discrepancy. It’s an excellent, safe and simple solution which some people love.

  • Presbyond® (Blended Vision) combined with LASIK

With PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision we customise the refraction of both eyes for near and distance, creating a ‘blend zone.’ The blend zone essentially makes it easier for the brain to merge the images of both eyes, thereby achieving binocular vision, e.g. how you get around in your day to day life, with both eyes open and working together. 

Presbyond® patients adapt faster, and most are delighted about not having to wear glasses anymore. PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision is tolerated by a high number of patients – up to 97 % (world results).

  • Clear lens extraction with multifocal lens implants

Lens extraction is the same surgical procedure as cataract surgery but takes place before an actual cataract (lens opacity) has developed. The surgery is invasive, so has some additional risks when compared to laser surgery. 

We replace your natural lens with an artificial lens that remains in your eye forever. The new lens technologies are very good and allow you to see well in the distance, intermediate and near. 

The visual results of this surgery are excellent. However, it’s important to understand that we cannot replicate the same vision you had when you were younger.

Clear lens extraction with multifocal lens implants is an excellent solution for patients who are over the age of 50 years of age, need glasses for distance and near vision and have otherwise normal eyes.

What our patients say...

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Lovely staff, great facilities, eye surgery went smoothly – definitely recommend!

Kate Luscombe

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I’ve now got better than 2020 vision. No more glasses for me! I’m extremely pleased with the results.

Ash Redward

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Dr. Anton and his team have been nothing short of amazing through my journey in achieving better than 20-20 vision. Thank you!

Trish Toth

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Professional, thorough and gentle. Have been commending Dr Anton and the team to all my friends and family!

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Take the first step towards a life free from reading glasses

Take the first step towards a life free from reading glasses

The best way to find out if you can be free from the hassle of reading glasses and varifocals is to have a free discovery appointment. You’ll get a clear answer from me on your suitability and treatment options.

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Who can our life-changing treatments help?

If you see yourself in how I describe my ideal patients below, we can certainly help you enhance your every waking moment with amazing natural vision
I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

I’m over 40 and fed-up of rummaging for my reading glasses

The growing need for reading glasses and varifocals is a constant reminder that you’re getting older. Taking them on and off, leaving them at home or losing them can just about ruin any activity you had planned. Yes, of course, ageing is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make the frustration and hassle of visual aids any easier to accept.

Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life adventure by booking a free appointment today.

I'm over 50 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

I’m over 40 and have noticed some haziness or cloudy vision

Later life should be about spending time with friends and family, enjoying a relaxing retirement, and appreciating everything life has to offer now the hard work is over. Unfortunately, cataracts and presbyopia can impair your daily routine and get in the way of many activities you once loved.

Be free from cataracts and visual aids and celebrate the everyday with exceptional natural vision by booking a free appointment today.

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Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll guide you towards a free appointment.

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WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses. 

How does it work?

Change how you see the world in 3 easy steps

REACH OUT

Book a free appointment or give us a call on 1300 297 583 and we’ll guide you towards a free appointment.

Book a free appointment

WE’LL MEET

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at my state-of-the-art refractive eye specialist clinic close to Melbourne CBD.

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a new chapter of your life adventure without glasses or contact lenses.

Take this quiz to find out if you could be free from glasses or contacts

Take this quiz to find out if you could be free from glasses or contacts

Not everyone can benefit from laser eye treatment – your options change depending on your age and lifestyle. Find out which type of treatment is right for you by taking this quick 2 min quiz:

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Links to authoritative resources on PRK

Follow the links below for more information on PRK laser eye surgery

An overview of PRK for the correction of visual refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Click here for more information – National Center for Biotechnology Information

In study, 602 patients who underwent PRK following multifocal IOL implantation, a significant reduction in sphere and cylinder was achieved with good refractive predictability. Click here for more information – Eye World

This study shows good PRK outcomes in eyes with low to moderate myopia. Click here for more information – Healio News.

About the expert

Dr Anton van Heerden, MBCHB; FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

Based in Melbourne, but with a reputation that transcends borders, Dr Van Heerden sets the highest bar for laser vision correction surgery in Australia. While his skills and experience are second to none, it is his fun, caring and down to earth nature that truly set’s him apart from the rest. You can sit back and enjoy the journey knowing every detail has been carefully considered.

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