PRESBYOPIA: AGE- RELATED LOSS OF ACCOMMODATION
What happens to our eyes as we age?
- The crystalline lens, sclera and other connective tissue structures get stiffer making it progressively more difficult for the ciliary muscles to adjust the crystalline lens inside of your eye; especially for up close (near) and arm’s length (intermediate) distances.
- This gradual decrease of the eye’s power to accommodate is an eye disability called "Presbyopia".
- Usually, people start to notice the condition in their early 40s, but it will continue to progress well into someone's 60s if not treated. Almost Everyone Gets Presbyopia eventually.
To see a quick example of what presbyopia is and how it affects your eyes as you age, Click on the video :
VisionCareUK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4kswa2kpIU
According to the video:
- Reading Glasses and Multifocal contact lenses are the most common treatment for Presbyopia.
- The only surgical options available for people without cataracts involve vision correction procedures on either the corneal or lens which manipulate the optics creating multifocality or monovision.
- ONLY the lens inside of the eye gets stiff as you age. Is that STILL TRUE??? THE ANSWER IS NO!!!
New Evidence: Ocular Rigidity Has Been Correlated With Loss of Accommodation
What does the new research say about scleral rigidity and Presbyopia?
- Scleral Rigidity or the hardening of the outer white coat that covers your eye that happens as we age effects the loss of the "power of accommodation" in the eye to focus the crystalline lens.
Detorakis ET, Pallikaris, IG. Ocular rigidity: bio-mechanical role, in vivo measurements and clinical significance. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2013 Jan-Feb;41(1):73-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2012.02809.x. Epub 2012 Jul 2
To see how Presbyopia affects your eye’s “power of accommodation” by clicking the video below.
VERSATYLO Interactive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avZR0A678bY
LaserACE® attempts to reduce Ocular Rigidity
How does LaserACE® rejuvenate youthful vision?
- LaserACE® aims to restore the “power of accommodation” to aging eyes by using an laser eye therapy (LET) treatment on the sclera (white of the eye).
- Microscopic excisions are made on the sclera to decrease the stiffness that occurs with age.
- The LaserACE® treatment is targeted at reducing this rigidity to allow the ciliary muscles to move the lens more easily again, hence restoring more youthful up close & arm’s length vision.
- The treatment does NOT touch the cornea or visual part of the eye so it does not affect your distance vision or cause any visual disturbances.