What is Presbyopia?
We all age and as that happens certain parts of us deteriorate. This is especially true for eyesight as the lenses in our eyes naturally weaken with age, resulting in fading eyesight. This is called presbyopia and generally occurs to people aged in their 40’s or over. As presbyopia develops over the ageing process sufferers will find that they need to hold reading material further away in order to focus properly. They may also develop headaches or eye strain when doing tedious work that requires concentrated eyesight. Presbyopia is different to astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia in that it’s not caused by a genetic or environmental factor that influences the shape of the eyeball. It is believed to be caused as people age and the lens becomes less elastic and hardens.
How is Presbyopia treated?
It’s difficult to fully correct presbyopia completely with a procedure as the ageing process takes its natural toll on eyesight. Although it can be treated through a range of advanced lens procedures, including a Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Monovision treatment performed by the surgeons at Perfect Vision. A Refractive Lens Exchange involves implanting an artificial intraocular lens into the eye. For more information please see Refractive Lens Exchange. A Monovision treatment is also a suitable procedure for presbyopia where both eyes are adjusted to different lengths in order to provide blended vision. For more information please see Monovision.
What are the symptoms of Presbyopia?
Presbyopia has very similar symptoms to that of hyperopia, in that sufferers have trouble seeing and reading objects close to them. The only difference being that presbyopia develops with age. Apart from being unable to focus on close objects, sufferers may also get headaches or feel that their eyes are strained when performing detailed, close-range tasks. Someone with hyperopia may also squint and feel fatigued when focusing on close objects.
What causes Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a part of the ageing process. As people become older their eyesight deteriorates. The lens becomes harder in the eye as the degree of elasticity decreases, making it harder for the eye to focus.
How is Presbyopia diagnosed?
Presbyopia is diagnosed during eye examinations with an Ophthalmologist or qualified Optometrist. A full examination will assess the degree and extent of the problem.
What are my treatment options for Presbyopia?
Sufferers can undergo the Monovision treatment via iLASIK surgery. This method sees one eye corrected for near vision and the other strengthened for long-distance eyesight. A Refractive Lens Exchange can also be undergone, which is nearly identical to cataract surgery except for it removes the need for glasses.
Here at Perfect Vision we have an immense amount of faith in our surgeons to provide excellent results. We believe that our surgeons provide treatment that lasts long-term, resulting in patients maintaining excellent eyesight for years to come. We want our patients to be as happy as possible with the results and intend to help them maintain the best possible vision for as long as possible through our commitment program.