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Presbyopia treatment

Presbyopia is an age-related form of sight reduction that affects most people over the age of 40. We take a look at the common condition and how it is typically treated.

As you get older, the natural lens of your eye becomes harder and less elastic.

This reduces your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects.

If you have presbyopia, you may find it difficult to alter your focus across distances. Some people will need bifocal or varifocal glasses to see clearly at all distances.

Presbyopia is not the same as farsightedness (hyperopia).

It is often confused with farsightedness, because both conditions cause your vision to appear blurry when looking at items closely. If you have farsightedness, your glasses may become less effective as you age, so you may need to wear reading glasses before presbyopia develops.

Common symptoms that you may experience due to presbyopia include:

  • Headaches or fatigue when doing close work;
  • Needing to hold books or your laptop at a distance to see clearly;
  • Needing to squint to read small print, and
  • Needing a bright light to read.

If you experience any of the symptoms described above, you should visit your GP.

They will be usually refer you to an Ophthalmologist for further examination. Your Ophthalmologist will be able to advise the best treatment for your condition. 

More surgical procedures are now tailored to treat presbyopia.

These procedures reduce your reliance on glasses or contact lenses as a result of the condition.

We offer a variety of treatment options for presbyopia, including:

Multifocal lens correcting surgery

Lens replacement surgery involves replacing your natural lens with a high-performance lens implant. These high-performance lenses are known as intraocular lenses.They reduce your need for glasses and make your vision brighter and clearer.

There are many different types of lenses available to treat a broad scope of eye conditions.  

A multifocal lens will help you see objects at a short and long distance, dramatically improving your long and short vision, as well as your overall quality of life.

The majority of people who have this surgery do not need to wear glasses after. You can speak with your Consultant about whether multifocal lens implant surgery is the best options for you.

Toric lens implant surgery

This lens surgery helps treat an astigmatism. An astagimatism happens when your eye is shaped more like a curved rugby ball than a football. This curved shape can cause blurred vision, making you dependent on wearing glasses to fulfil everyday activities.

A toric lens is designed to reduce or eliminate blurry vision caused by an astigmatism. The lenses are implanted into your eye to replace your natural lens, much like the process of a multifocal lens implant. 

A toric lens can improve your eyesight if you are short-sighed or long-sighted, signifitcantly improving your quality of life in turn.

Speak with your Consultant to find out more about lens replacment surgery and the best intraocular lenses available to fit your needs.

You can arrange a private eyecare appointment with a leading Ophthalmologist who specialises in presbyopia – quickly and without hassle.

They will assess your condition and advise which presbyopia treatment option would work for you.

To arrange your appointment, call us directly on 0141 300 5009 or book an appointment online.

Specialists offering Presbyopia treatment

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Mrs Dalia Said

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MB BCh, MD (Ophth), MSc (Ophth), FRCS (Glasgow)

The Park Hospital

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Mr Zachariah Koshy

Consultant Ophthalmologist


Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Mr Luca Ilari

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


Chelsfield Park Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Shabbir Mohamed

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MBChB(Hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth

The Priory Hospital

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Mr Srinivasan Subramaniam

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Dip Ophth, MS (Ophth), FRCS, Cert. LRS, FRCOphth

The Park Hospital

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