If you start having trouble looking at objects up close, it’s possible that you are suffering from presbyopia. This is an eye condition that’s often associated with aging. Your eye’s ability to focus on objects start to wear down once you hit the age of 35 or 40. This is usually caused by the hardening of the lens in the eyes. Fortunately, it’s a type of refractive error which means it can be effectively fixed with the right treatment. Below is an overview of the most common methods in fixing eyes that have been diagnosed with presbyopia.
- Eyeglasses with progressive addition lenses or PAL
This is the treatment option that most patients get because it’s non-invasive and the eyeglasses can always be adjusted depending on your personal preferences. The lenses used for the eyeglasses here are also referred to as bifocals since there are two main points of focus.
- Multifocal contact lenses
If you don’t like the idea of wearing eyeglasses, you can choose these specialized contact lenses. They are available in rigid and soft gas permeable materials. They are almost invisible which means people can’t see that you are wearing them. Some of these multifocal lenses are disposable meaning you can discard them at the end of the day.
- Eye surgery
The three most effective surgical treatments for presbyopia are as follows: implantation of accommodative intraocular lenses, laser blended vision, and implantation of corneal inlays. Consult with your doctor to determine which of these procedures is the most appropriate for your eye condition.
It’s worth mentioning here that the three treatment options mentioned above are not exclusive of each other. This means that you can wear eyeglasses even after surgery. Or you can still wear contact lenses after surgery.
Sometimes, it takes time for the eyes to adjust post-surgery.
You won’t be able to see clearly for a few days or even up to a week as your eyes heal and adjust from the surgical procedure. But once your eyes adjusted, you should be able to see better and not have to wear glasses or contact lenses.