All About Presbyopia

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Presbyopia Explained

The presbyopic process is when the natural lens inside the eye gradually loses its flexibility and results in blurry vision for reading and near work.  In a younger eye, one’s lens will need to modify the length or shape to see objects that are nearby. The capability of the lens changing shape is called the flexibility of the lens. The flexibility of the lens is gradually lost due to the aging process. Most people will start to notice the symptoms around age 45, once they notice that they must hold books, magazines, and other materials further away to be able to focus their eyes to read.

Symptoms of Presbyopia can vary from person to person and some signs could be headaches, eye strain, in turn can cause your ability to focus to decrease. In addition, you might find yourself needing to hold reading material farther away to focus, and you might need a larger text and more lighting to read.

If you are concerned and think you may have presbyopia, schedule a routine exam with your local optometrist. A couple of tests that would be performed would be an examination of the retina, integrity of the eye muscle, or a refractive test. A common solution to presbyopia is a pair of reading glasses. While you can buy these over-the -counter it is advised to visit your local optometrist to receive an accurate prescription.  In addition, there are a couple surgical procedures that can also offer more solutions for those who do not want to wear contacts or glasses. Unfortunately, there is no proven prevention for presbyopia.

What Is Monovision LASIK?

Presbyopia is the change the change in one’s vision that commonly happens at around 40 years of age, thus having difficulty in reading fine or small print and focusing on objects that are near. Most people are familiar with reading glasses, bifocals, and progressive lenses as a couple options for correcting presbyopia (nearsightedness) and less familiar, however, is the correction method of "monovision." With monovision, one eye is fitted with a lens for distance (if needed) and the other eye is fitted with a lens for near objects, providing unobstructed vision for both near vision and distant. 

At first, monovision can seem very strange. But as unusual as it may seem, most people receive superb results from monovision.  Although monovision may not be comfortable for everyone, it can be a great option for patients who currently have presbyopia. Monovision can help you achieve good, functional near and distant vision. These procedures outcomes do not present perfect vision, however. There is usually somewhat of a compromise between distance and clarity or near to allow patients to fully get used to monovision while simultaneously providing satisfactory corrected vision for the patient. As a result, a person who will want the clearest vision correction possible at near or distant vision will not be the best candidates for monovision.

Most times the monovision treatment can be utilized through laser vision correction or LASIK. Another option can be bifocal contact lenses that can correct for both far and near vision in both eyes. If this issue is not corrected, the vision will get worse and can cause problems with lifestyle, work, and even driving. The best way to determine if monovision might work for you is to give us a call so we can set you up with a free LASIK consultation to see if you are a candidate.