In recent years, developments in laser eye surgery technology have made it possible to repair problems in refractive vision, even in cases of a decline in close vision ability that requires reading glasses.

Repairing close vision is performed exclusively at the Enaim Medical Centers using PresbyLASIK technology. This innovative method uses a laser beam to perform multifocal reshaping of the cornea, restoring the eyes' multifocal ability to see at all distances: close, far, and intermediate.

What is aging vision (presbyopia)?

Presbyopia is the characteristic decline in the ability of people over the age of 40 to see close objects, which is an effect of aging on vision.

This process of declining vision is caused by a weakness in the lens' natural elasticity that is expressed in difficulty in reading and necessitates the use of reading glasses. According to researchers' data, approximately 86% of people aged 40 and over require reading glasses. Even those who do not suffer from nearsightedness require reading glasses when they reach ages 40-45. The decline in close-up vision is gradual and develops in each person at a different pace. This can be expressed through difficulty reading the letters in a newspaper, book, or restaurant menu, or in difficulty reading the letters on a computer screen. People tend to hold the book further and further away in order to read it, until their arm's length distance no longer suffices.

What is PresbyLASIK surgery?

The main innovation in the PresbyLASIK method is that the laser performs a multifocal reshaping of the cornea, similar to multifocal glasses, enabling 70% of those who require reading glasses to no longer need them. This surgery restores multifocal visual ability to both eyes for all distance ranges: far, near, and intermediate. The operation is performed using a VisX Star 4 instrument, which includes the exclusive Iris Recognition (IR) technology that identifies the iris in three dimensions. The device operates on a base of 24 points, thereby positioning the laser beam on the precise location on the surface of the cornea. A smart card transmits this preliminary examination information to the laser device using the Wavefront technique, which improves the results of the surgery and the quality of vision. The surgery is performed in conjunction with the IntraLase device, which uses a laser beam rather than a surgical scalpel to open a flap on the cornea.

Some surgical patients are more suited to the Monovision method, which creates a condition in which one eye primarily focuses on distance and the second eye primarily focuses on close vision.

The decision of which type of surgery should be performed is determined after a meticulous compatibility examination performed in the Enaim Medical Center that includes imaging, eye scans, and examinations by a certified optometrist and ophthalmologist.

Advantages of the Technique:

The surgery eliminates the need for reading glasses for approximately 70% of the population that currently wears reading glasses.
Offers a solution for all ranges of vision: near, intermediate, and far.
The surgery is painless and is performed under local anesthetic.
Immediate recovery.
Economical, because it saves the cost of buying multifocal glasses, which cost thousands of shekels.
It is supported by clinical experience in 12 medical centers in Europe since 2001. The technology is authorized, bearing the CE Mark (European Committee for Standardization).

Who is a good candidate for the surgery?
The surgery is suitable for individuals ages 40 and over whose hyperopia (farsightedness) is between +0.75 and +4.5 diopters and who suffer from nearsightedness and farsightedness. Individuals who suffer from myopia (nearsightedness) only are not candidates for this type of surgery.