PresbyLASIK reduces need for glasses in presbyopic patients, according to study

March 9, 2009

PresbyLASIK, an advanced form of LASIK developed to correct presbyopia, may reduce the need for glasses for middle-aged patients, according to research.

McHenry, IL-PresbyLASIK, an advanced form of LASIK developed to correct presbyopia, may reduce the need for glasses for middle-aged patients, according to research.

In a study led by Robert L. Epstein, MD, Mercy Center for Corrective Eye Surgery, McHenry, IL, the need for glasses was eliminated for 92% of middle-aged patients and the effect was proven to last beyond 2 years. Patients averaged 53 years of age and initially were wearing bifocals and reading glasses.

The group has 6 years of follow up on the presbyLASIK technique, and Dr. Epstein reported that 99% of their previously bifocal-bound patients became completely or nearly fully out of glasses.

PresbyLASIK also applies to people who had cataract surgery, and variations of the new technology also can help some people who are not LASIK candidates, according to Dr. Epstein.

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