Pharmacological strategies for treating presbyopia.
Presbyopia is the normal progressive loss of accommodation, which leads to the inability to focus clearly on objects located at different distances. Some of the accepted methods for treating this condition are glasses, contact lenses, and surgery. Pharmacological treatments are a new and promising noninvasive option for dealing with presbyopia. The aim of this review is to provide an update on some recent advances in this field.Currently, there are three different strategies for the pharmacological treatment of presbyopia. The first one aims to produce miosis and increase depth of focus through a pinhole effect, therefore improving uncorrected near visual acuity. The second one tries to restore the elasticity the lens has lost due to aging. Finally, the third strategy is based on rehabilitating accommodation; which is to say, in a binocular way, allowing for good vision at all distances.Pharmacological treatments are a new alternative that expands the diversity of existing strategies for treating presbyopia. These treatments are based on the instillation of eyedrops with different compositions, which vary according to the different strategies. Many of these developments will most likely be on the market in the next few years. If the process of patient selection is done properly, any one of these three strategies can be used successfully.
Authors: Betina Orman, Giovanna Benozzi