What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition that causes near objects to appear blurry. It typically starts in a person’s 40’s, when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen and lose flexibility. This makes it difficult to focus on nearby objects.
Presbyopia can significantly impact your quality of life. Regular daily activities like reading books, instruction manuals and food labels, scrolling through your phone, threading a needle and other close-up tasks can become daunting.
The good news is, with the help of Memorial Eye Center - Gessner, this common vision condition can be effectively managed, so you won’t have to compromise on your quality of life.
Presbyopia Management in Mid-West
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Presbyopia Treatment Options
- Prescription reading glasses
- Bifocals: for distance and near vision correction
- Progressive multifocals: see objects at a near, intermediate or far distance
- Bifocal contact lenses: different sections for reading and distance prescriptions
- Monovision contact lenses: distance prescription in one eye and reading prescription in the other eye
Changes the shape of the cornea to correct vision. Some examples include:
- Photorefractive keratectomy
An eye surgeon removes your natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens. This new lens is flexible and can restore your ability to focus on near objects.
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Presbyopia Diagnosis Treatment FAQs
Presbyopia treatment corrects age-related farsightedness to enable you to see close-up objects, such as books and electronic screens more clearly. Treatments include:
- Contact lenses
- Laser surgery
- Lens implants
Currently, there is no cure. The good news is that our optometrists can recommend a variety of treatment options to help you see your best, from near to far.
If you’re over 40 and struggle with any of the following, you may have presbyopia.
- Holding a book or a screen at arm’s length to see it more clearly
- Needing larger print or font size to read
- Blurry vision while reading
- Difficulty reading in dim light
- Eye strain and headaches when focusing on near objects
If you have one or more of these signs, schedule an eye exam and ask us about glasses, contact lenses, or other presbyopia treatment options.
If it’s hard for you to read and to see things at a distance, bifocals may be your perfect solution. With bifocals, you can get two prescriptions in one. One corrects farsightedness and the other corrects nearsightedness. We offer several different types of bifocal lenses to suit your personal preference.