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Clinic Michel Pop explains how to correct presbyopia

24 July 2017

During your childhood, you may have seen your parents or grandparents squinting while reading, keeping their books at a distance so that could see the contents, or use magnifying glasses to help see things better. Do you have the same issues now? Not to worry! This condition is called presbyopia, is a natural aging of the eye.

With age, the lens of your eye loses its elasticity and at the same time, its capacity of accommodation. The eye is then less able to render a sharp image of an object at a short distance. If you wish to consult a specialist, please note that at the Michel Pop Clinic Dr. Michel Pop corrects this problem with a laser and could also suggest intraocular implants. In the meantime, here’s more information about presbyopia!

How do you know if you are presbyopic?

Are you approaching 40-45 years old and have not yet been diagnosed with presbyopia but you have been experiencing eyestrain and/or headaches? Review the questions below. If you answer yes to at least one question, you should probably consult a specialist and have them prescribe a correction.

  • When you read a book, look at the menu at the restaurant, or write a message on your cell phone, do you often have to hold the book, menu or cell phone far out so that you can see it better?
  • Do you find it easier to read in bright lighting conditions (sun or with a light on your book for example)?
  • Do you squint your eyes often to read the instructions on the boxes of medicines or ingredients on food packages?

Presbyopia is a natural phenomenon that occurs in people aged 40-45 years and older and does not improve over time. If the situations mentioned above seem familiar to you, do not wait to get checked out. Clinics Michel Pop are here to help you find a solution!

What solutions for presbyopia?

Presbyopia can be corrected by wearing contact lenses or glasses. These can be bifocal or progressive. The presbyopic patient can then see close-up as well as from a distance, the difference being that the lenses and the progressive glasses offer a transition between the part intended for near vision and the part devoted to the vision of distance, whereas the bifocals do not offer this transition. Visual acuity is better with progressive lenses and glasses but it is not always easy to get used to.

Finally, it is possible to correct presbyopia by laser surgery or placement of intraocular lenses.


  • In the case of the laser, the surgeon changes the curvature of your cornea to improve your accommodation capacity and thus your near vision. Did you know that both eyes are treated differently to allow for far, intermediate, and close-up vision?

In other words, the operation will make one of your eyes more able to see from a distance while the other will help your vision from up close. To succeed in this personalized surgery, Dr. Michel Pop, ophthalmologist, carries out a careful study of the vision of his patients and proposes a solution in line with their particular needs.


  • In the case of intraocular implants, these replace the lens and thus allow for distance, intermediate and close up vision. There are several types of intraocular implants available at Clinic Michel Pop:

– Multifocal lenses (Restor);

– Extended focus lensesétendue (Symfony);

– Trifocal lenses (Fine Vision);

– Quadrafocal lenses (Panoptix).


During an evaluation session, Dr. Michel Pop observes the different parameters of your vision in order to guide you towards the best possible choice of lenses. If you are 40 years of age or older and you feel the symptoms of presbyopia, do not hesitate to make an appointment with the experts at Clinic Michel Pop for a complete assessment of your situation.

See you soon!