Presbyopia is the slow loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on objects that are nearby. It is a natural part of aging and usually becomes noticeable once an individual is in their mid-40s. Many people may notice early signs when they begin holding books, menus, and magazines at arm’s length in order to read them.
Common symptoms of presbyopia include:
- The need to hold reading materials farther away.
- Blurry vision when reading at a normal distance.
- Headaches or eyestrain.
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In order to create an image, your eye needs the cornea and lens to focus the light reflected from objects. The closer the object, the more your lens flexes. Presbyopia is caused when the lens of your eye hardens due to aging. As the lens becomes less flexible, it can no longer shape itself to focus on up-close images. This can result in close images appearing blurry or out of focus.
Presbyopia can be diagnosed during a basic eye exam. Dr. Gupta will perform a refraction test to see if you have a refractive error such as farsightedness or nearsightedness. She may also use different instruments and tools, and ask you to look through different lenses to test your vision.
If you are diagnosed with presbyopia, treatment options include corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery.
Eyeglasses: Eyeglasses are a simple way to correct vision issues caused by presbyopia. You will need prescription lenses if your find that over-the-counter reading glasses are not adequate. Dr. Gupta will determine the correct prescription for your eyeglass lenses to help you see clearly.
Contact Lenses: Contact lenses are worn right on your eyes, and are available in many different forms. If you choose to purchase prescription contact lenses, be sure to use proper contact lens hygiene to keep your eyes healthy and prevent infection.
LASIK: LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that uses a laser to adjust the curves of your cornea and correct refractive errors like presbyopia. Recovery from LASIK is usually quicker than that of other cornea surgeries, and once your vision is corrected, you will not have to depend on eyeglasses or contacts.
Lens Implant Surgery: In some instances of presbyopia, surgery can be performed to remove the lens in each eye and replace them with a synthetic lens known as an intraocular lens. There are many different types of lens implants available for correcting presbyopia. Dr. Gupta will speak with you regarding your lens options if this surgery is deemed an appropriate treatment option.
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Dr. Archana Gupta is a board certified ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract, cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery.
If you are noticing changes in your vision that match up with the symptoms of presbyopia, contact Advanced Eye Surgeons to schedule your appointment today. Board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Gupta will assess, diagnose, and treat your refractive error to help improve your vision.
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