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Presbyopia is the loss of your reading and close-up vision due to ageing

You can turn back the clock and remove your need for reading glasses with vision correction surgery
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Presbyopia is the loss of your reading and close-up vision due to ageing

You can turn back the clock and remove your need for reading glasses with vision correction surgery
Book an appointment

Fix your presbyopia and live glasses-free

In the toggles below, we have provided everything you need to know about presbyopia and how we can treat it

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a visual disorder and is a normal ageing process of the eye that becomes apparent when the eye has difficulty focusing on reading or performing close-up work. This phenomenon generally affects people over 45 years of age. It occurs in addition to other pre-existing visual disorders such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

Presbyopia stems from the gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye. It also grows, which decreases the contraction and relaxation of the muscles involved.

Presbyopia is diagnosed easily by a basic eye exam, which includes a refraction assessment and an eye health exam.

A refraction assessment determines if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or presbyopia. The optometrist may use various instruments and ask you to look through different lenses to test your distance and close-up vision. The optometrist likely will put drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils for the eye health exam. This will enable the optometrist to more easily view the inside of your eyes.

Treatment of Presbyopia

We are experts in the treatment of presbyopia.

Come to our clinic to benefit from highly specialized techniques that can correct your presbyopia in a complete and lasting way.

We can treat your presbyopia regardless of its severity. Unlike other visual defects, presbyopia reaches the same degree for all individuals. We can, therefore, anticipate the right level of care to treat your presbyopia. The result of the operation is lasting; no further operations are necessary.

Several methods can correct presbyopia along with other visual defects in a single procedure. For example:

  • Presbyopia alone
  • Presbyopia + myopia (including very severe cases)
  • Presbyopia + myopia + astigmatism (including very severe cases)
  • Presbyopia + astigmatism
  • Presbyopia + hyperopia
  • Presbyopia + hyperopia + astigmatism

During your consultation, we will evaluate the best solution for you and guide you through the process.

Presbyopia laser correction

Depending on the results of your initial consultation, we may propose treating your presbyopia with PRESBYOND.

PRESBYOND is the latest generation of presbyopia-treatment software. It allows us to increase your depth of field, according to your age and any other visual defects (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism).

This method is renowned for its very low risk of complications and preserves your distance vision and quality of vision at night.

PRESBYOND involves the use of the all-laser LASIK technique, which combines the use of two ultra-precise lasers:

  • The Femtosecond Visumax Laser
  • The Excimer Mel 90 ZEISS Laser

Presbyopia correction with intraocular lens replacement

Depending on the results of our consultation, we may also suggest treating your presbyopia with PRELEX. The name comes from presbyopic lens exchange, which means we remove your natural lens and replace it with a multifocal lens, correcting all-optical faults.

This treatment is definitive! It has been in existence for over 20 years and performs as well as those practiced by laser centers, with more durable results in some cases. The aim of the procedure is to recover the close-range view while maintaining or correcting long-distance vision. Thanks to the PRELEX treatment, you can drive, do gardening, read or play sports freely.

Freedom from reading glasses in 3 easy steps

Enjoy exceptional natural vision in Lyon with The Donate Method


The first step is to find out if your eyes are suitable to read again without glasses. That’s why we offer a free first appointment. Give us a call on 04 78 17 27 27 or use our easy online calendar to get an appointment.


Visit our high-quality clinic, where we’ll give you a comprehensive eye examination and discuss your lifestyle. You’ll leave with a clear answer about the best treatment option for your eyes.


After being treated with The Donate Method, our patients tell us that every day is better and they wish they had done it years earlier! You’ll be ready to enjoy a new freedom without the hassle of glasses and contacts!

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I was able to appreciate Doctor Donate’s great surgical competence. The result was perfect with thorough post-operative follow-up. I now have good visual acuity in my daily life and my physical activities. I can only recommend his high-quality care to those who want surgery of this type.

Professor Olivier D.

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The clinic is extremely clean and stylish. The people who work there are welcoming, smiling, patient and professional. Perhaps some customers might find the services expensive, but you are sure to be well taken care of with follow-up and fully informed. Our eyes are priceless!

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What a joy to no longer wear glasses or lenses! I am an ophthalmologist in Annecy, and I trusted my colleague completely. I quickly forget this old handicap; but appreciate being freed from this visual defect whether at work (behind the microscope), in my sports (swimming, fencing, mountain biking, skiing, paragliding, climbing, nights in a refuge…) or when travelling.

Dr Gregora M.

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The intervention was carried out perfectly and painlessly in about 15 minutes. When I awoke, I had no pain and perfectly clear sight, which allowed me to work the next morning without glasses. Since the operation, all is well. I can drive and do sport without glasses. Thank you to Doctor Donate and team for their kindness and the quality of their care.

Dr C.

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The surgical procedure was carried out under optimal safety and hygiene conditions and lasted very little time. I immediately rediscovered the pleasure of a clear and sharp vision both from a distance and from near. I can only recommend this surgery, which has given me visual comfort daily. I now see details that I absolutely couldn’t see with glasses (even with the best correction).

Dr Azzam A.

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I arrived at the laser centre and had my surgery under local anaesthesia. I had no pain and returned home that afternoon. By the end of the afternoon, the pain had disappeared, and my sight was almost perfect. My only regret is that I didn’t have this intervention earlier.

Dr J.

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I can now work all day on the screen without fatigue. I recommend this solution if you want to regain the freedom of your younger years.

Dr A.

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Links to authoritative resources on PRESBYOND

Follow the links below for more information on PRESBYOND

According to a press release from the company presented at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting, Presbyond uses a true binocular method instead of conventional monovision to achieve good intermediate visual acuity with little loss in contrast sensitivity. Click here to read more.

Retrospective study of the first 173 patients with presbyopia who underwent LASIK with a non-linear aspheric ablation profile and micro-monovision for the correction of presbyopia with myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia or emmetropia: Laser Blended Vision(®) Program by Carl Zeiss Meditec(®) (Jena, Germany). Click here to read more.

A 53-year old male engineer presented requesting a solution that would give him spectacle independence for all of his vision needs. Click here to read more about the case study.

Dr. David Donate

Ophthalmologist – Refractive surgery specialist

20 years’ experience and 20000 successful vision correction treatments

With over 20 years of experience performing more than 20000 successful eye procedures, and a repertoire of academic publications and research, Dr. David Donate has earned himself an international reputation.

At his state-of-the-art clinic in Lyon, Dr. Donate follows a specialised method called, The Donate Method, to ensure his patients feel confident about their vision correction journey. Combined with the highest quality pre-op and post-op appointments, expert precision solutions and top technology, Dr. Donate is perfectly positioned to deliver the best possible outcome for his patients.


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