Can it be true? We will no longer have to wear those usually unattractive reading glasses in addition to our contacts? The grooves those terrible nose pieces have placed on our face now have a chance of healing themselves? We might actually be able to see both close up and far away without an additional pair of eyes?
According to new technology that promises to help those suffering from “longsightedness,” (read farsighted), the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
A revolutionary new eye implant is set to make reading glasses a thing of the past for millions of people.
It comes in the form of a surgically inserted lens and is said to give patients near-perfect vision just days after they have an operation lasting only minutes.
But will it be cheap….?
The procedure is known as the Symfony, and it restores sight to pin-sharp focus from close up or far away.
Surgeons hailing the ‘breakthrough’ invention say that until now no insertable lens has been able to mimic natural vision so closely.
The lenses are made of plastic and should, in theory, last a lifetime.
The currently surgery to correct eyesight allows surgeons to insert ‘monofocal’ lenses to treat cataracts, but oftentimes patients still need reading glasses.
There have also been multi-focal lens implants to correct vision both near and at a distance, but these often produce halo bursts and glare and give a ‘stepped’ effect rather than smooth focus.
Highlights about the procedure:
- Surgically inserted lens gives patients near-perfect vision just days after the operation, restoring sharp focus from inches away or into the distance
- New invention could spell the end for reading glasses with nine out of every ten people implanted with them no longer needing to wear their glasses
- However at £3,900 per eye, $6,639.00 in U.S. currency, the surgery is not cheap and NHS does not usually fund surgery to correct long-sightedness
And apparently, this new procedure is successful in those who also have astigmatism – a condition often diagnosed in elderly persons (though not exclusively).
Ian Peacock, a 54-year-old solicitor from Devon, is the first person in the country to be given such a lens.
He used glasses for a decade before undergoing a procedure on his left eye.
He said ‘Initially I needed glasses for reading, but I was soon in need of them for sports and driving too. I had to take several pairs if I was going out.’
He noticed the difference within 36 hours. ‘Everything was a lot clearer,’ he said, adding that he enjoyed being liberated from his many pairs of specs.