Presbyopia Surgery Video

This health video focuses on your eyes and a surgery to correct you Presbyopia to eliminate the use of reading glasses.
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Jennifer Mathews: In order to go by the numbers, you have to be able to read them. This 48-year-old CPA is turning back the hands of time on his vision. While fellow baby boomers reach for their glasses to see close up, Steve Sauer doesn't miss his one bit. Steve Sauer: I'd put them on to look at the work on my desk and then turn around and make a comment and take the glasses off constantly and I just said, Gee I don't want to be dependent on these anymore. Jennifer Mathews: Dr. Robert Marmer is among the first eye doctors to surgically correct age-related far sightedness or presbyopia. Dr. Robert Marmer: Being able to use your own natural focusing mechanism is what this procedure does. It reverses, basically, the aging change. Jennifer Mathews: As we age, the lens of the eye slowly keeps growing until the surrounding muscles get too loose to control it. In a brief operation, four tiny bands smaller than rice are placed in the wall of the eye to gently widen the gap. This restores enough tension for the muscles to work again. Dr. Robert Marmer: It's just like tightening the springs on a trampoline and now the trampoline works again. If it's too loose, you can't get any bounce to it. Jennifer Mathews: The bands are not yet approved in the U.S., so for now, Dr. Marmer takes his patients abroad for the $5,000 procedure. For Steve, regaining a clear view was worth the trouble. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.

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