Offering freedom with Presbyond to our Melbourne patients

Older patients now have the chance to do away with their reading glasses with Presbyond laser blended vision, performed by Dr Anton van Heerden and his highly trained team at Eye Laser Specialists. While other techniques such as traditional LASIK and PRK only correct long-distance vision, Presbyond laser blended vision provides you clear, spectacle-free sight for both long-distance and reading vision.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the natural age-related decline in the near focusing ability of the eye. These changes occur in the lens of the eye, which sits behind the coloured iris. Because laser eye surgery methods target the cornea at the very front of the eye, our reading vision will still eventually deteriorate with age. Early presbyopia becomes noticeable around 45 years of age for most people.

There is currently no cure for presbyopia or any way to completely restore the eye’s natural focusing ability. However, with Presbyond, our Melbourne patients can once again experience the ability to see up close without reading glasses.


Presbyond Laser Blended Vision

Presbyond laser blended vision is a modification of the traditional LASIK technique, utilising the same high precision laser technology. Dr Anton van Heerden performs Presbyond in our Melbourne clinic at Eye Laser Specialists, which is fully equipped with all the tools needed to provide the utmost care for your vision.

Unlike the traditional monovision arrangement, Presbyond laser blended vision provides a degree of both far and near vision to both eyes while taking into account your dominant eye. As traditional monovision involves one eye being corrected solely for distance vision and the other eye solely for near, this carries some potential disadvantages such as difficulty with adaptation, compromised depth perception, and a blur zone at intermediate distances.

During your initial consultation to assess your suitability for Presbyond laser blended vision, you will undergo comprehensive tests to assess if you can tolerate the proposed change in your vision and if you will be suitable to have this surgery.

Like LASIK, the Presbyond laser blended vision operation involves the creation of a corneal flap, allowing the excimer laser to access the deeper tissues of the cornea. The laser is used to reshape the cornea, adjusting the way light passes through it. The result is functional long-distance and near vision without glasses or contacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for Presbyond laser blended vision surgery?
Presbyond is specifically designed for patients experiencing the ageing effects of presbyopia. If your natural focusing system is still working well, another laser eye surgery method such as LASIK, PRK, or SMILE would be more suitable for you. At your initial consultation with Dr van Heerden and his team, we will thoroughly assess your suitability for Presbyond laser surgery and advise you accordingly.
If I don’t like the vision after undergoing Presbyond surgery, can I have it reversed?
To avoid this issue, we will simulate the sort of experience you can expect from laser blended vision to ensure you can adapt well and are comfortable with your usual daily tasks. After having Presbyond completed, if there are specific situations where you find you need extra clarity, you may still wear glasses for those occasions. If for some reason you do not adapt to your new vision after the operation, Dr van Heerden may provide retreatment.
How long does it take to recover after Presbyond laser eye surgery?
Patients having undergone Presbyond laser blended vision treatment often find an improvement in their vision within just one or two days after surgery. This new experience of clear vision at distance and near without glasses generally stabilises within a few weeks but may vary from individual to individual. After your procedure, your ophthalmology care team will go through the post-operative guidelines with you to ensure as smooth a recovery as possible.
Can I have a general anaesthetic during my treatment?
General anaesthetic is not used for laser eye surgery as this causes unnecessary risks to what is usually a very safe procedure. Your eye area will be well numbed with local anaesthetic during the operation. If you are feeling particularly anxious or restless, Dr van Heerden can offer you a light sedative to help you feel more at ease.
Book your initial consultation with Dr van Heerden now.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.