Presbyopia is the gradual loss of your eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects

Also known as ‘aging eyes’, it usually affects those 40 years old and above

Presbyopia is the gradual loss of your eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects

Also known as ‘aging eyes’, it usually affects those 40 years old and above

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Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the lens loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on near objects resulting in blurred vision.

During the early and middle years of life, the eye's crystalline lens can focus both near and distant images by getting thicker for near objects and thinner for distant objects. When this ability is lost, typically in the 40s, it is called presbyopia. Presbyopia is universal at 50 and above.

Symptoms of presbyopia

  • Blurry near vision that starts after age 40
  • Difficulty adjusting focus when switching from near to distance vision
  • Eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work.
  • As we age, the lenses in the eyes lose some of their elasticity. Without this elasticity, the lens is less capable of changing focus for different distances
  • Presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over several years. Long before an individual is aware that seeing close up is becoming more difficult, the lenses in the eyes have begun losing their ability to flatten and thicken. Only when the loss of elasticity impairs vision to a noticeable degree is the change recognised by the individual.
  • A comprehensive eye exam will include testing for presbyopia. We will conduct a refractive evaluation to determine whether your eyes focus light rays exactly on the retina at a distance and near
  • A visual acuity test will determine your ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances
  • We will also check your eye coordination and muscle control for eye strain, as well as your eyes’ ability to change focus. All of these are important factors in how your eyes see.

Reading glasses and contact lenses are often used for the temporary treatment of presbyopia. However, we offer vision correction procedures that can surgically reduce or eliminate the effects of presbyopia to remove the hassle of reading glasses. These treatments can include lens-based procedures like lens replacement (refractive lens exchange, RLE, PreLEX) and laser-based procedures like Presbyond/PresbyMAX.

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Not everyone is suitable for lens replacement surgery. The first step is to get a clear answer on whether there is a treatment option that can help you or not. You can take a self test, call us or use our online calendar to book a free assessment.

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At your assessment, we’ll answer your questions and give you a clear and honest recommendation based on your lifestyle. You’ll leave with a confident understanding of the best reading treatment option for your unique eyes.


After treatment, people across the country tell us how surprised they are by how quickly their life changed and how young they feel. Reading a restaurant menu, scanning their phone or seeing the dials on the car dashboard are all possible once more. Most people say that they wish they had done it years earlier!

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Learn more about Presbyopia thanks to these online informative resources


Presbyopia is an eye condition in which your eye slowly loses the ability to focus quickly on objects that are close. It’s a disorder that affects everyone during the natural aging process. This page discusses the symptoms, causes, risk factors, and diagnosis of presbyopia.

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Presbyopia is a physiological phenomenon, linked to age. It is caused by the aging of the lens, which loses its elasticity, gradually stiffens and loses its power of accommodation.

You should know that the lens grows from birth to the end of life. As it grows, it becomes:

  • heavier (modified optical correction)
  • less transparent (appearance of cataract)
  • less elastic (appearance of presbyopia)

This lack of elasticity prevents the modification of its curvature and therefore leads to insufficient accommodation. Hence the appearance of blurred vision in near vision: This is presbyopia.

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Your laser eye surgeon in Antwerp, Dr. Frank Goes Jr

He’ll be your personal guide on your journey to visual freedom

With over 20 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

I am and have been a board member for different national and international professional societies on eye surgery, and I have the privilege to give several national and international courses on cataract and refractive surgery.

Good vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery depends on the expertise of the provider. The provider must also have access to precise tools. The best eye surgeons know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I try to be one of those surgeons

Dr. Frank Goes Jr

Chief Executive & Eye Surgeon