With today’s range of presbyopia treatment options, reading glasses no longer have to be your reality. From multifocal contact lenses to presbyopia surgery, such as monovision LASIK, you are no longer limited to the options your grandparents had.
Eye Center of Texas understands the latest vision enhancement technology and strives to give patients the best outcome possible. Let us assess your vision and give you the facts and recommendations you need to make the best decision for your future.
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia, also known as “near vision,” is caused by the lenses in your eyes becoming less flexible, which makes it hard for them to focus on up-close objects.
Even if you haven’t experienced presbyopia yourself, you’ve likely seen people “convey” the condition by holding books or newspapers far away from their faces in order to read them.
Presbyopia affects men and women at nearly the same rates. It typically onsets in your early to mid-40s and worsens until around age 65.
Knowing age is what causes presbyopia and not genetics means everyone is in the same boat; most people experience presbyopia to some extent later in life.
Do I have presbyopia?
Since it’s easy to confuse presbyopia with other common vision problems, let’s take a moment to break these issues down and differentiate between them.
- Myopia/nearsightedness: When you can see objects up close, but things far away are blurry.
- Hyperopia/farsightedness: When you can see objects far away but things up close are blurry.
- Presbyopia / near vision: When you gradually lose your ability to see up close due to age. In other words, presbyopia is age-related farsightedness.
Your surgical presbyopia treatment options
Presbyopia is not reversible, but if you want to live a life without glasses, correcting presbyopia is possible. If you’re wondering, If you wear bifocals, can you get LASIK or LASIK-like treatments? the answer is often yes.
Refractive lens exchange
Refractive lens exchange is a type of presbyopia surgery that involves replacing the lenses in your eyes with an Intraocular presbyopia lens. The procedure is similar to cataract surgery but, in this instance, the natural lens being replaced has not yet become clouded by a cataract.
Finding the right type of presbyopia lens is the most challenging part of this presbyopia treatment option, so it is critical to work with an experienced optometrist to discuss what type of lens is best for you. Options include multifocal contact lenses, monofocal lenses, and more.
Also called blended vision LASIK, Monovision LASIK is a presbyopia treatment similar to typical laser eye surgery. The biggest difference is that Monovision LASIK does not fully correct both eyes. Many people who wear bifocals choose to get this type of LASIK to improve their vision and reduce the hassle of wearing frames or contacts.
During the procedure, one eye (typically your dominant eye) is corrected while the other is made partially nearsighted. This mimics the effects of bifocals and allows your eyes to work together to see objects both near and far.
Get Presbyopia Treatment at Eye Center of Texas
Eye Center of Texas has helped tens of thousands of patients like you get the vision you deserve. Our team has performed presbyopia surgery in Houston for many patients to restore their near vision and is happy to discuss this option in more detail during an office visit.
To discover which presbyopia treatment option is right for you, call us at 713-797-1010 or request an appointment online at any of our many Houston-area locations.
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