Presbyopia affects more than 1 billion people worldwide and usually occurs in people over the age of 40.
Presbyopia is a condition in which the lens has become hard and inflexible with age, making it difficult to focus actively on nearby objects.
If you or someone you know has presbyopia, you should not let it go untreated. There are many treatment options available that can improve your vision and your quality of life.
Three of the most common presbyopia treatments are:
- Non-prescription glasses: Reading glasses sold over-the-counter range from least powerful (+1.00) to most powerful (+4.00). When purchasing them, try different powers until you can read material held 14 to 16 inches in front of your face.
- Prescription: If over-the-counter glasses aren’t strong enough or if you already need prescription lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your doctor can fit you for contacts or glasses.
Refractive surgery. LASIK can be used to create monovision, where one eye is corrected to focus well up close, while your other eye is set for distance vision. Before considering refractive surgery to treat presbyopia, many doctors recommend people try monovision contacts to determine if they can adjust to this kind of correction.
- Lens replacement involves the removal of your clear natural lens and the insertion of a synthetic lens inside your eye. This method involves an intraocular lens implant, and the procedure is similar to that of cataract surgery. In recent years, there have been significant advances in IOLs to treat presbyopia.
- Small-diameter corneal inlays are small plastic rings that are inserted at the edge of the cornea. Not yet considered a predictable option by many surgeons, this experimental surgery is expected to become more stable and common in the near future.
Request an appointment to discuss these options with your physician today.