If you are experiencing difficulties in focusing your eyes on close objects, there’s a possibility that you are suffering from presbyopia. This is a common condition that’s associated with aging. Its symptoms include headaches, eyestrain, trouble in reading small letters, and blurring in the eyes when you get too close to objects. The moment you experience these symptoms, you should seek treatment before the condition gets any worse.
Here’s a quick overview of your options when it comes to treating presbyopia:
- Surgery – there are several surgical procedures that you can choose from. The most popular of these procedures are as follows:
- Implantation of accommodative intraocular lenses – Usually performed on both eyes, this procedure involves creating multifocal lenses from the cornea. One drawback of this procedure is that it’s more invasive compared to other eye surgical procedures.
- Laser blended vision – Using laser technology, the surgeon increases the depth of field of both eyes. This is done by making subtle changes in the optics of the cornea. The effects of this procedure can last between five to ten years.
- Surgically implanted corneal inlays – This procedure improves vision by increasing the depth of focus, reshaping the central cornea, and modifying the central refractive index of the eyes.
- Contact Lenses – The lenses used here are multifocal and they are either soft lenses or gas permeable lenses. Monovision lenses can also be used provided that one eye wears a distance-prescription lens while the other eye wears a near-prescription lens.
- Eye Glasses – The most common eyeglasses prescribed for presbyopia patients comprise of either progressive lenses, bifocal lenses, or photochromic lenses. What you choose depends on what will be recommended to you by your eye doctor.
Before deciding which option you should take, it’s highly recommended that you go through consultations with an experienced ophthalmologist. The eye doctor will help you decide which presbyopia treatment is best for your situation. The most important point to note is that of the three options discussed above, surgery has more permanent results compared to contact lenses and eyeglasses.