Researcher: Implants replacing eyeglasses

April 11, 2009 at 2:47 PM
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EAST GRINSTEAD, England, April 11 (UPI) -- An increasing number of the Baby Boomer generation are opting for lens implants for deteriorating sight instead of eyeglasses, a researcher in Britain says.

Ophthalmologist Sheraz Daya of Queen Victoria Hospital in the British county of Essex said there has been a 40 percent increase during the last year in the number of lens implants operations worldwide for individuals in their 50s and 60s suffering from presbyopia, The Times of London reported Saturday.

Presbyopia is the deterioration of an individual's sight in part as a result of advancing age.

Daya said the increase in lens implants procedures is likely the result of the vanity of the Baby Boomer generation, which traditionally consists of those born during the middle of the 20th century.

"The decision these people are taking to have implants is about function and appearance," Daya told The Times.

"We have the active elderly now, as opposed to the elderly, and it is a different group altogether. They feel young and they want to be young."

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