A non-invasive, intrastromal treatment for presbyopia

July 1, 2008

This technique, using a femtosecond laser, has been shown to improve ?near vision in presbyopes, according to Dr Luis Antonio Ruiz.

Key Points

Recently, there have been suggestions made relating to the feasibility of the femtosecond laser as a viable option for the treatment of presbyopia. In fact at this year's Hawaiian Eye meeting in January, Dr Luis Antonio Ruiz presented the first clinical data of an ongoing study, which is assessing the treatment of presbyopia with the Femtec femtosecond laser (20/10 Perfect Vision).

What does this treatment involve?

"This surgical approach was attractive to me because it is non-invasive, has no impact on the epithelium, carries a low infection risk, is associated with a faster recovery time, and maintains the structural integrity of the cornea as much as possible," said Dr Ruiz.

More than 100 eyes studied so far

More than 100 presbyopic eyes have undergone the intraCOR procedure so far at the Centro Oftalmológico Colombiano in Bogotá, Colombia. The average age of patients was 51.6±5.6 years (range: 41 to 66 years). Eyes were examined preoperatively and one day, one week, one month and three months post-surgery - three-month data is available for 50 eyes in this group. Table 1 provides a summary of the results.