Presbyopia Treatment Options

Glasses – Bifocals

Bifocals are the most common method for allowing people over age 40 to see both up-close and in the distance.


Monovision allows a patient to see in the distance with one eye and up close in the other. This can be accomplished either with contact lenses or LASIK vision correction.


  • Patients can see both up-close and the distance without glasses


  • Many patients have a difficult time adjusting to monovision.  For this reason, it is important to make sure a patient tolerates monovision with contact lenses before permanent correction is made with the laser.
  • With monovision, only one eye is used for either distance or up-close vision.  This can reduce depth perception.


Just as bifocals allow for both up-close and distance vision, multifocal lens implants can provide similar focusing ability in each eye, without the need for glasses. PHASER vision correction requires that the lens inside the eye be replaced with a synthetic multifocal lens implants.  This can be performed during standard cataract surgery or, in some cases, even in patients who do not have cataracts.

A diagram showing the Crystalens, AcrySof ReSTOR lens, and Tecnis Multifocal lens.

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