New Presbyopia Surgery Promises Fast, Safe and Painless Cure

A new and painless treatment for presbyopia is now available in certain countries, and it promises a fast and safe way to get rid of your reading glasses.

Intrastromal correction of presbyopia with the femtosecond laser (“intraCOR”) is available is Europe and Singapore.

Using a high-tech Femtec femtosecond laser made by a German company called Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH, the entire procedure takes 20 seconds to perform, and the patient should be able to return to normal activities after just one day of rest.

During the procedure, not a single surgical incision through the surfaces of the cornea is made because the laser is targeted to only work within the cornea, in an area called the stroma.

The laser makes a series of precise, microscopic concentric ring patterns in the stroma which then results in adjusting the curvature of the cornea to correct for the presbyopia.

The procedure was developed for people aged 40 years and older who have generally good health, with no eye diseases and who have only other minor vision problems except for presbyopia.

In a presentation at a meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Mike P. Holzer, MD, said, “Since this a noninvasive procedure, it is safe for the patients, and we don’t see any kind of infection, inflammation or weakening of the cornea so far.”

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