Even people who have never experienced any difficulties with their vision will develop presbyopia as they age. As early as the age of 40, the lens inside of your eye will begin to thicken and lose flexibility, resulting in diminished near vision similar to farsightedness. However, presbyopia is different from refractive errors such as myopia and hyperopia, and this unavoidable age-related issue cannot be treated with LASIK.
Symptoms of presbyopia include:
- Eyestrain or headaches after doing close-up work
- A tendency to hold reading materials at a further distance for better clarity
- Blurred or difficult-to-see letters at closer ranges
Presbyopia cannot be prevented, but it can be treated. During your regular eye examinations, your optometrist will check your eyes for signs of presbyopia. Once detected, he may recommend you come to Piedmont Eye Surgical & Laser Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, to be presented with your full range of treatment options.
The most common treatment for presbyopia is prescription glasses. Bifocal lenses and progressive addition lenses are typically used as they provide enhanced vision for objects both near and far. Reading glasses are also an option for some patients. This option is best for patients who do not have any other vision problems, and only require assistance in performing tasks such as working on a computer or sewing.
Multifocal contact lenses may also be an option for people suffering from presbyopia. These lenses come in both gas permeable and soft materials. No matter if contacts or reading glasses are used, your prescription will need to be adjusted as your eyes continue to harden.
For a longer lasting treatment for presbyopia, many patients look to surgical procedures. There are a number of surgical procedures that are available to treat presbyopia. Our ophthalmologists will provide you with the personalized service you deserve to determine the presbyopia treatment most suited to meet your individual needs.
If you live in the Piedmont Triad and would like more information on treating presbyopia, please contact Piedmont Eye Surgical & Laser Center by calling 336-854-4441 to schedule an initial consultation today.