Age Related Long-sightedness (Presbyopia)
  • A common type of visual disorder that occurs when people get older.
  • Everyone loses some degree of close up vision over the age of 35.
  • For some, the ability to clearly focus on things close up is lost without the aid of reading glasses or contact lenses

Causes of Age Related Long-sightedness (Presbyopia)

  • The soft lens inside the eye begins to harden with age and the muscles that help to stretch it weaken.
  • Light entering the eye can no longer be refracted accurately onto the retina, resulting in a blurry image.
  • Corrective glasses can bend the light sufficiently before it enters the eye so that clear vision can be restored.
Age Related Long-sightedness

Do you find it a challenge to read your text messages on the phone without glasses?
Has newspaper print become difficult to read without glasses?
Do you now have to read a restaurant menu at arms length without glasses?

People who have enjoyed good vision all their lives gradually come up against the fact that with age (usually around 40 years) their eyes are no longer as young as they used to be and need glasses to focus things close up.

Age Related Long-sightedness

People who once had to wear glasses for seeing distance may also find that they are losing the ability to see things closer to them. All these signs point to the onset of age-related presbyopia or age-related long-sight.

The condition of age-related presbyopia is totally natural, the eye muscles inside the eye can no longer change the shape of the natural lens inside the eye as it hardens with age and so the ability to clearly see things close up is also lost.

Now you have the chance to maintain a 'glasses free' lifestyle through our ground breaking Accuwave™ Monovision treatment. Sometimes referred to as blended vision, Monovision at AccuVision uses the laser technology to treat one eye (usually the dominant eye) for distance vision and the other eye for near vision.

Age Related Long-sightedness

This blending of vision allows the patient to see both at distance and near objects clearly with reduced need for glasses. This practice was first applied with the use of monocles and has been developed for contact lenses and has now been developed and refined by AccuVision for LASIK Monovision.

The brain very quickly adjusts to the information coming through the eyes and is able to blend both images together for clear vision close-up and at distance. This type of treatment is not right for everyone, but the vast majority of patients who come for a consultation with AccuVision choose to proceed with Accuwave™ Monovision laser eye surgery.

Age related reading vision is an area where AccuVision excel. The Allegretto laser technology used at AccuVision clinics is perfectly suited to adjust the visual acuity to give the optimum balance of blended vision.

At the initial consultation, long before surgery is considered, the patient is given the chance to experience what Accuwave™ Monovision would be like.


If the very detailed diagnostics taken at the consultation show that the patient is a suitable candidate and that the patient feels comfortable with the altered vision for both long distance and near vision, then there is a clear option open to them to proceed with the treatment.

AccuVision are able to fully utilise the advanced technology of the Wavelight Allegretto™ Wavefront laser to create a customised profile for the reshaping of the cornea that will enable the patient to enjoy both distance and near vision. This is achieved by customising the difference between the treated eyes thereby providing a truly customised treatment for each patient.

In order to ascertain whether or not you would be suitable for Accuwave™ Monovision treatment you would need to come in for an informal but comprehensive detailed consultation. To book, just phone 0330 123 2020.

Is Laser Eye Corrective Surgery Right for You?

At AccuVision your safety and total satisfaction are paramount. Laser eye corrective surgery may not be suitable for everyone and a successful outcome is dependent on many factors which must be carefully considered and will be 

Laser Eye Treatment and Eligibility

Whether or not laser treatment can be performed on your eyes depends on a number of factors that needs to be assessed by our eye care specialists at your initial consultation.

Although the majority of people who come to us are eligible for treatment, due to the high prescription levels we are able to treat, we may decline to treat you if the outcome cannot be accurately predicted or if laser eye surgery treatment is likely to cause complications to your sight. Your lifestyle and occupation may also be an important consideration.

In general, the suitability of our laser eye corrective surgery procedures for you depends on factors such as:

  • The degree of optical error

  • The thickness of your cornea

  • The existence of any eye disease

  • The size of your pupil

  • Corneal mapping data

  • Wavefront analysis results

You should ideally be able to answer YES to the following:

  • Do you suffer from short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism?

  • Are you over 18 years old?

  • Is your prescription stable?

  • Are your eyes healthy and free from any eye disease?

  • Would you rather not wear glasses or contacts on a permanent basis?

Please note that this is only intended as a general guide and there are always exceptions. Detailed analysis of your eligibility for treatment using laser eye corrective surgery can only be achieved at your consultation, but please call us if you wish to discuss the current condition of your eyes and their suitability for treatment on 0330 123 2020.