Specialized Eye Care for Patients Over 40


Presbyopia is an age-related condition where the eye progressively loses its ability to see up-close. Presbyopia occurs in everyone somewhere around age 45 and is caused by a progressive hardening of the lens inside the eye. That is why, around age 40, people start having to hold their reading material farther and farther away to see it. Presbyopia is not a disease. It is a normal age-related change.

Fixing Presbyopia

Presbyopia can be treated with glasses or surgery. In some people, LASIK surgery is used to create “monovision”. With monovision, one eye is set for clarity in the distance and the other eye for clarity up-close. Another surgery to treat presbyopia is called “PHASER” –Phaco Assisted Surgical Extraction & Replacement. PHASER surgery is very similar to cataract surgery.

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Monovision patients see clearly in the distance with one eye and clearly up-close with the other eye. Successful monovision patients do not have “visual confusion”. In other words, they do not notice that their up-close eye is blurry when looking in the distance or that their distance eye is blurry when looking up-close. Patients must try monovision with contact lenses to be sure they are good candidates before permanent laser monovision vision correction is performed.

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Phaser Surgery

The term “PHASER” was patented by Dr. Frenkel at AAPECS Eye Care. It is a relatively new method for correcting near-sightedness and farsightedness in patients over 45 years of age. It is the only procedure that allows patients over age 45 to see in the distance AND up-close without glasses in each eye. In PHASER surgery the lens of the eye is replaced with a multifocal lens. AAPECS was first in Hampton Roads to offer PHASER surgery.

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Why Choose AAPECS?

1. 1st no-stitch cataract surgery in Virginia Beach.
2. 1st no-injection cataract surgery in Virginia Beach.
3. 1st in-office cataract surgery suite.
4. 1st refractive lens exchange.
5. 1st In-office Restore lens.

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Flashes and Floaters

In most cases, eye flashes and floaters are little more than a benign annoyance. Experts estimate roughly 70% of Americans regularly experience eye floaters. However, a sudden increase in the number or size of eye floaters, or a sudden onset of eye flashes could be early warning signs of a more serious problem, like retinal detachment. When floaters become visually disruptive or disabling, the floater can be treated with either a laser or surgery.

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