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New: laserACE® therapeutic laser rejuvenation

An erbium laser is used to create areas of flexibility in the white part of the eye (sclera). This is the same kind of laser used to treat wrinkles.

LaserACE® laser eye therapy

  • Several "microexcisions" are made on the white part of the eye (sclera) over the underlying ciliary muscles in 3 key zones helping to make the eye globe more pliable.
  • Is thought to return the ability of the muscles in the eye to more easily move or focus the lens (accommodation).
  • Rejuvenation of the eye’s natural ability to accommodate and focus for various distances up close, arm’s length and far.
  • Unlike all of the other surgical options for presbyopia, the LaserACE® therapy is NOT performed on the visual part of your eye (cornea) so there is no risk to the loss of your normal distance vision or visual disturbances that can be side effects of procedures that are performed on the cornea.

Glasses & Contact Lenses

There are a myriad of options to correct presbyopia. Eyeglasses (also called spectacles) are the simplest means, and often people with presbyopia will wear bifocal glasses. The other alternative is contact lenses which are designed to have multibple zones of focality. Contact Lenses are not as popular due to the tedious daily inconvenience.

Surgical Options Available Today

Surgical Options include eye laser surgery that uses an Excimer laser to create multifocal zones on the cornea to  shape the cornea to see multiple focal points ( Presbylasik, Presby Smile).Alternatively a laser can also be used to create some form of monovision ( Traditional MonoVision, Blended vision, MiniMonovision) which allows one eye to see up close and the other eye to see in the distance. (Traditional MonoVision, Blended vision, MiniMonovision). Another option is a corneal inlay. This changes the way light enters the pupil and can improve the patient’s depth of focus helping to see near objects more clearly however it does involve an implant. These procedures are reversible but there is still risk involved as it is a treatment that requires surgery on the cornea.

Older presbyopia patients can also receive a presbyopia correcting lens implant that removes your natural crystalline lens in exchange for an intraocular optic. These procedures are irreversible and come with compromises related to manipulating the eye’s natural optical properties.

 

ATTENTION: Each of the options above has its own benefits and risks. Consulting your eyecare doctor is the best way to determine which treatment is right for you. LaserACE® currently has a clinical study for those candidates who are interested in is currently conducting clinical rejuvenating your eyesite to more youthful vision. For more information click here.

Note: LaserACE® is not yet FDA approved or available in the United States. It is currently in clinical trials only in select areas outside of the United States.

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