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What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia or “eyestrain” is the main visual anomaly affecting Spaniards over 40 years of age and its incidence is increasingly frequent and on the rise.

It consists of the difficulty of the eye to focus well up close due to age. This is colloquially known as “aging eye” or “eyestrain”.

Presbyopia does not appear suddenly, but appears progressively. Currently, our ophthalmologists in Alicante use two surgical techniques for presbyopia: laser treatment (Lasik) and intraocular lens implantation.


A patient will come to a clinic for presbyopia treatment when:

  • Have difficulty focusing on close objects
  • Need to zoom out to see objects better
  • Have a feeling of visual fatigue in which the text dances and the letters are blurred.
  • Suffering from headaches when looking at the eyes
  • Present redness and stinging in the eye.

Indicated treatment

The two treatments performed by our team are:

  • Presbyopia treatment with intraocular lenses: consists of removing the crystalline lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens, which acts as an artificial lens. Intraocular lenses offer three fixed focusing planes: far focus, mid-distance focus and near focus.
  • Laser treatment for presbyopia: the aim of this procedure is to correct eyestrain. By means of laser treatment, the patient does not need glasses or contact lenses (contact lenses) for proper vision.

In the first consultation, the ophthalmologist will study each patient’s case and will indicate the most appropriate ocular treatment.

  • Preoperative: the ophthalmologist may perform different tests in order to obtain all the necessary information to determine whether the patient is suitable or not for the intervention and thus decide what type of treatment to apply.
  • Postoperative: it is completely painless and very fast. After the first 24 hours following surgery, the patient can begin to go about his or her daily life as normal.


After the operation, the patient achieves a corrected ocular vision, improving his near vision without altering his distance vision, being able to see clearly in the different planes.

The aim of these treatments is that the patient does not need glasses or contact lenses (contact lenses) for proper vision.

The specialists will provide all the necessary information and all the recommendations needed for a correct and fast recovery.


Dr. Konrad Schargel

Dr. José I. Belda

Dr. Enrique Chipont

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