The lens of your eye will be very soft and flexible during your younger years and its shape can be changed very easily at this stage. This allows you to focus objects irrespective of the distance. However, when you become older, the lens of your eye loses its flexibility and softness making it more rigid. So, it fails to change the shape as it did. In such a situation, reading at a closer range will be more difficult and this condition is known as Presbyopia. It can occur in almost all people and can come with a combination of astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), or myopia (nearsightedness). Usually, Presbyopia occurs in people in their early 40s and an escape from this eye problem is very difficult. It may occur even if you have never experienced a vision problem previously.
Causes of Presbyopia
What is Presbyopia? What’re the causes? What are the symptoms? What treatment options are there? These are all very common questions when thinking about eye problems. The demand for contact lenses, eyewear, and surgery is also very high here. Presbyopia is an age related eye problem and it differs from farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. These problems are related to the shape of eyeball and they occur due to environmental and genetic factors. On the other hand, Presbyopia is the loss of flexibility and gradual thickening of the natural lens of your eye. Changes of proteins in the lens make it less flexible and more rigid over time. Muscles surrounding the lens of your eye may lose some elasticity. So, your eyes feel difficulty to focus on close objects.
Signs and Symptoms
There can be a number of symptoms people experience such as headaches, eyestrain and feeling tired when doing close work, just to name a few of the major symptoms of Presbyopia. People with this eye problem usually need to hold reading materials at a distance for focusing properly, an inconvenience that laser eye surgery could solve.
Presbyopia Treatment Options
Presbyopia can be diagnosed by undergoing a comprehensive eye examination. With the use of a standard vision test, an eye doctor can determine the degree of your Presbyopia along with other eye problems. For this purpose, your doctor uses phoropter, an instrument used for measuring the amount of refractive error. After determining the problem, your doctor can provide you the best treatment option for you. Optilase can provide a number of affordable laser eye surgery options for Presbyopia correction.
Presbyopia can also be treated with surgical interventions. Conductive keratoplasty or CK is one option and it uses radio waves for creating more curvature in the cornea and for improving near vision. Though CK is an effective treatment for curing Presbyopia, the result is temporary and it can diminish over time. This process is often not worth the hassle or cost in the long run.
LASIK eye surgery is the other option for creating monovision. In this treatment, one eye is set for near vision and the other is corrected for distance vision. PresbyLASIK is the other option and it uses excimer laser to sculpt the multifocal zones directly on the cornea. This is helpful for regaining vision at multiple distances.
Optilase specialise in LASIK eye surgery procedures as well as other forms of laser eye treatments. Sufferers of Presbyopia needn’t suffer for any longer with our affordable packages. We believe that everyone is entitled to clarity of vision which is why we offer competitive rates for top level service.