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Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface, Cataract, Refractive

Presbyopia in the Farsighted Future

I’ll start with a bold claim: within 10 years, I believe the majority of ophthalmologists will not be treating presbyopia with spectacles but rather with either topical drops or refractive surgery. Perhaps a wild idea given that our current solutions have limitations – but when you consider the technology that will be available 10 years from now, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Presbyopia is a huge problem – there are 1.8 billion presbyopes worldwide, and the number increases each year. The inability to read at near has always been a disadvantage, but with Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in 1439 – which led to the rise of mass communication, global literacy and the transformation of society – the problem became magnified. Centuries later, with the advent of the in-home computer in 1984 and the iPhone in 2007, awareness and complaints about the disability have skyrocketed.

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Blake Williamson

Blake Williamson is a cataract and refractive surgeon at Williamson Eye Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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