PRESBYOPIA is a refractive disorder that starts in the 40s and affects most people. The eye muscle’s ability to vary the power of the crystalline lens is progressively lost; this results in a loss of the ability to focus on near objects. The most characteristic sign of presbyopia is the need to hold reading materials at a distance.

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PRESBYOPIA TEST

Situate yourself approximately one foot from the computer screen. You should be able to read all of the text without difficulty. If not, it is necessary to have an ophthalmologic exam.

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Report: Laser Correction of Presbyopia, Eyecos-International Vision Center. Dr. Pedro Grimaldos. Medical Director. “Presbyopia-Presbioptic: Laser Correction of Presbyopia, The Last Great Challenge.”

INTRODUCTION:

The department of I+D of the International Vision Center of Barcelona – Eyecos, has optimized a new corrective technology for presbyopia utilizing lasers. The chief investigator, Dr. Pedro Grimaldos, has been a pioneer in the field, having developed innumerable original surgical techniques: corneal transplantation, congenital cataract surgery, phacoemulsification surgery for cataracts (Stop&Snap), glaucoma (Lavic
and TLA532), conductive keratoplasty (CK for astigmatism) and now the Presbilaser- Presbioptic.

2-Presbilaser: Original global technique: Presbilaser is one of the first techniques for correcting presbyopia that at the same time also corrects far sight defects. The patient achieves good vision, both for looking at objects in the distance and up-close, without the need for glasses.

TARGET:

3-Presbilaser is applicable to everyone, without restrictions, who suffer from myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

4-Prevelance: Approximately 40% of the population suffers from presbyopia (approximately 18 million people in Spain alone). Young patients are required to work more and more with computers; this laser technology is also applicable to these young patients for the alleviation of strained vision that results from the heavy use of computers. Between the progressive aging of the population and the increase in computer use, the problems of presbyopia and asthenopia will increase in the coming years.

CURRENT PROBLEM:

5-Reading glasses, bifocals and progressive lenses are often used in work and social activities (computer use, reading, office work, shopping, driving, manufacturing) so that their elimination constitutes an important improvement, functional as well as aesthetic.

6. The problems with glasses for presbyopia. These types of glasses have severe drawbacks: the cost is high (approximately 600 euros), they are unusable by 50% of the population, they cause limitations and distortions to peripheral vision, and the frames and lenses are heavy, causing regular pain and inflammation in the people who wear them.

ADVANTAGES OF PRESBILASER

7-SAFETY: Presbilaser involves the application of a guaranteed surgical technique: LASIK, that is performed without complications, for treating presbyopia. The procedure lasts three minutes, is done on an outpatient basis and is painless. It requires only anesthetic drops and does no damage to the internal eye structure (crystalline lens, eye pressure, optic nerve or retina).

8-VERSATILITY. In the same procedure, disorders relating to both the inability to see objects up close and at a distance can be corrected: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. The patient can have all of the necessary pre-operative exams for planning the appropriate procedure.

9-REVERSIBLE & REPEATABLE: Presbilaser is a reversible technique. If the patient cannot visually tolerate the Presbilaser, it is possible to reverse the procedure. It is also a repeatable procedure: as presbyopia can increase with time or reoccur, the procedure can be repeated at a later date.

10-WIDE-RANGING APPLICATION: a) Persons older than 40 years of age with presbyopia (in addition to myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism); b) Older people who have previously had cataract surgery and that need reading glasses or bifocals-progressive lenses; c) Young people who work long hours performing tasks that require looking at objects up close (computers or reading) and tired vision: students, office workers, executives, operators, sales people, health workers…

11-PRESBIOPTIC: This procedure involves an alternative technique to Presbilaser that utilizes intracorneal lenses (conductive keratoplasty). This treatment is appropriate for those cases in which Presbilaser is not recommended.

12- SCIENTIFIC DISSEMINATION: In 2005, Eyecos organized an International conference at the Barcelona World Trade Center from the 28th to 30th of April. Participating in the conference were numerous prestigious national and international ophthalmologists. The conference provided a platform for the communication and distribution of these novel techniques for the definitive correction of presbyopia.