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presbyopiaPresbyopia is a condition in the eye that causes the crystalline lens to lose its flexibility and the ability to focus, which makes it difficult to see objects up close. Symptoms include eyestrain and headache, as well as the decreased ability to focus on close objects. The most common cause of presbyopia is associated with aging eyes, as people generally lose the elasticity of the lens, resulting in a slow decrease in the ability to focus on objects near the patient.

Presbyopia can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, which typically affords the patient the ability to read and focus on closer objects.

Generally speaking, there are two ways to address presbyopia with vision correction surgery. Those two options are monovision, also called “blended vision”, or a refractive lens exchange with a lens like the PanOptix lens. Our eye doctors can either perform laser vision correction (LASIK or PRK) or a refractive lens exchange.

What is Monovision?

Monovision is a technique for correcting presbyopia in which only one eye is treated for near-vision correction. Within four to six weeks of the treatment, the brain automatically adjusts to the change and the eyes focus in concert without any blur. Contact lens patients have been treated successfully for more than 20 years with monovision. Monovision can be achieved with laser eye surgery. Monovision can be achieved with laser vision correction or refractive lens exchange.

What is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Once people have reached middle-age, it is not uncommon for near vision to deteriorate, making it harder to see up-close objects clearly. Often due to presbyopia, a condition that causes hardening of the eye’s natural lens, people typically need reading glasses for clearer focus. In fact, presbyopia can ultimately get worse and lead to a significant loss of eyesight if left untreated.

Refractive lens exchange can be an effective way to permanently correct vision. Refractive Lens Exchange treatment (RLE) is a procedure that uses laser technology to replace the eye’s natural lens with an intraocular lens implant. RLE with the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser can ultimately prevent presbyopia from causing further vision problems, and may even improve your vision so much that you will not need corrective eyewear to clearly see far or near objects.

Depending on your eyes, your lifestyle, and your visual needs, our team will determine the best procedure to correct your vision. Our surgeons, Alan Faulkner, MD and Neda Nikpoor, MD, will discuss these options with you to create a personalized plan to help you reduce or eliminate your need for glasses.

What is the AcuFocus KAMRA Corneal Inlay?

Aloha Laser Vision was the first practice in Hawaii, and one of very few in the country, to offer the KAMRA inlay. However, at this time, technology has advanced and we have even better solutions to correct your near vision such as Refractive Lens Exchange or Monovision. If you have questions about our vision correction procedures, please contact our office.

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Aloha Laser Vision is dedicated to meeting the vision needs of our patients by providing safe, high-quality eye surgery procedures. We are proud to serve patients from Honolulu, Hawaii and beyond, and look forward to helping them attain their optimal vision. Please contact Aloha Laser Vision today to learn more about how we can help.

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