Galway barrister first to undergo pioneering eye surgery

Galway barrister, Frances Treanor, from Oranmore in Galway, was one of the first patients in the country to under-go a pioneering new eye surgery at Optilase, to eliminate the need for reading glasses.

Presbia is a revolutionary new eye surgery, exclusively available at Optilase, Ireland’s leading Irish eye clinic, which is eliminating the need for reading glasses for the over 40s suffering from presbyopia. Presbyopia is the technical term for the loss of crispness of our near vision as we get older. It’s a natural process that happens to everyone, even those who have previously had laser vision correction.

If you find yourself holding this article at arm’s length to read more clearly, then you will understand. Reading menus, price tags and texting are equally tricky without the help of cumbersome reading glasses. And, as we know, with reading glasses come various lifestyle constraints; they never seem to be in the last place you left them and they are more than awkward and fidgety!

Mr Treanor said that he is delighted with the treatment.

“As soon as I heard about this new treatment, I contacted Optilase to find out if I could be a suitable candidate. I had surgery only six weeks ago and I cannot believe the difference, it’s just incredible. I’ve struggled with reading glasses for years.

“I have to do a lot of reading for my job and fumbling around trying to find a pair of reading glasses in court, struggling to read a legal document makes me look unprofessional and even incompetent which is just not an option. I can now read for hours without having to wear reading glasses and critically without my eyes getting strained and tired. I haven’t been able to do this for years.

“I’m back to my confident self. I’m so impressed and would recommend the treatment at Optilase without hesitation. The team at Optilase including my Surgeon, Mr Wayne Crewe Brown were just fantastic”.

Mr. Wayne Crewe-Brown, Surgeon and Medical Director at Optilase is the first surgeon in Ireland to be trained to implant the PresbiaMicrolens; a tiny lens, only 3 mm in diameter and about 15 microns thick (one-fourth the thickness of a single human hair ). In a procedure that typically takes less than 10 minutes, the Presbia is implanted in a small pocket in the cornea of the patient’s non-dominant eye. The pocket seals itself, holding the lens in place at the centre of the visual axis. Within hours, the patient is typically able to once again see near objects and read fine print once again, without the need for reading glasses.

The procedure is a safe, effective, permanent, yet reversible. To find out if you are a suitable candidate you can attend the Galway clinic on Shop Street for an assessment and attend the Dublin clinic for treatment. Optilase has clinics in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Longford, Belfast and Derry. Contact Optilase on 1890 301 302 or visit: www.optilase.com

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