Have you noticed a decline in your near vision as you’ve gotten older, and now find yourself relying on reading glasses or “readers” to send a text message or read a menu? You are not alone. Nearly every adult’s near vision deteriorates after the age of 40, leading them to depend on corrective eyewear to perform basic daily tasks. This condition is known as presbyopia.
When you are young, your eye’s lens is thin and flexible. It can shift forward to focus on nearby objects as needed. However, as you age presbyopia sets in. Your lens begins to stiffen and loses its innate flexibility.
As you develop presbyopia, you will likely discover you must hold books, your smartphone or restaurant menus at arm’s length to see the objects clearly, even in good lighting. You may have experienced headaches, eye fatigue or strain as the result of presbyopia.
Traditional corrective options include reading glasses, bifocals and contact lenses, but you might find them inconvenient and frustrating. Contacts can dry out the eyes and glasses or bifocals can break or get lost.
Modern Solutions to Presbyopia
Thanks to the team at Eye Care of San Diego, you can improve your reading vision with a modern, convenient option that doesn’t require glasses or contacts. We will work with you to find the treatment solution that best suits your eyes, your lifestyle and your personal preferences.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Another option to improve the effects of presbyopia and reduce dependence on glasses and contacts is a type of eye surgery called refractive lens exchange. During surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. The procedure is nearly identical to cataract surgery, except that the natural lens is clear, not cloudy.
Multifocal, accommodating or extended-depth-of-focus intraocular lenses can be used to replace the eye’s natural lens and restore excellent near and distance vision. Each type of lens has a unique design and features to enable clear vision at multiple distances.
Sometimes a LASIK procedure known as monovision LASIK is used to correct presbyopia. One eye is corrected for better distance vision, and the other for better near vision. The brain then blends these images together for a full range of clear vision.
Contact Eye Care of San Diego
If you are in your 40s and having trouble focusing clearly on nearby objects, you have probably developed presbyopia. Eye Care of San Diego can help.
To discuss your treatment options with a trusted eye expert, please schedule a consultation at Eye Care of San Diego. Please contact us today.