Presbyopia is a universal focusing problem developing in most people around 45 years of age. When eyes are young, the gel inside the internal natural lens is soft so it can change shape to allow people to focus on things at various distances. But as the eye ages, the gel hardens and the lens enlarges and loses its ability to change shape to focus on near objects. People with natural 20/20 distance vision will likely need reading glasses when presbyopia develops.
Proven correction procedures are not currently available to correct presbyopia directly. Even if you achieve excellent vision through surgery, reading glasses are usually necessary beyond 45 years of age. However, new types of surgery to correct presbyopia are being investigated and may be available at our Centres in the future.