Presbyopia: Pros and Cons of Different Sight Repair Methods

Presbyopia: Pros and Cons of Different Sight Repair Methods

Victoria compares the advantages and disadvantages of different methods to help you see clearer and better! Find your best option today.

At some stage it happens to even the most eagle-eyed amongst us: between the ages of 40 and 50, age-related long-sightedness gradually occurs, even in people with normal vision. Since you cannot avoid this process, it becomes a question of glasses, contact lenses or a laser operation. Victoria gives you the pros and cons.

What happens in presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness)?

As we age, the lens of the human eye loses elasticity and becomes more rigid. It therefore becomes increasingly difficult for us to focus on objects at close range.

The classic answer: Glasses

The cost of glasses varies depending on the manufacturer, the design and the degree of vision correction. Simple glasses with single-strength lenses generally cost just 400 euros, whereas varifocals cost on average 1,000 euros.

Advantages:

  • Easy to wear
  • Protect against dust and draughts
  • Ideal for people with dry eyes
  • Varifocals allow you to see clearly at all distances

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy, thick lenses for extreme vision correction
  • Mist up when you go from cold to hot environments
  • Can be a nuisance when playing sport
  • Blurred areas (e. g. at the edge) with many lenses

Invisible: Contact lenses

There are price differences for contact lenses too, depending on the manufacturer and the design. If you choose daily disposable lenses you must reckon on spending at least 20 euros a month. Good monthly lenses cost on average 30 euros for a pack of six, and last for three months. But you have to factor in the cost of the cleaning materials, approximately 10 euros for a bottle that lasts between two and three months.

Advantages:

  • Help you to see well at all times, even when swimming and in the sauna
  • Don’t mist up and are invisible
  • No risk of reflection
  • No hindrance when looking sideways (in comparison with the edge of glasses)

Disadvantages:

  • Can be perceived as a foreign body
  • Putting them in requires practice
  • Time-consuming cleaning process for monthly lenses
  • Lack of care and impurities can lead to eye infections

The high-tech solution: Laser treatment

Laser treatment costs approximately 3,000 euros in total, including your stay in hospital.

Advantages:

  • The option of not wearing glasses or contact lenses
  • Modern procedures can improve the elasticity of the lens of the eye
  • Highly suitable for minimal long-sightedness
  • If successful, no other aids to vision are necessary

Disadvantages:

  • Medical intervention with the associated risks
  • At approx. 1,500 euros per eye very costly
  • A complete correction to your vision cannot be guaranteed, so you might still need an additional vision aid
  • Some patients should not undergo such an intervention, e. g. diabetics

An important note to finish on: this article is of a purely informative nature and does not replace a visit to your optician if you are having difficulties with your vision!

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