Presbyopia results from the natural aging process. As the body ages, certain components are forced to work harder and become strained. The eyes are no exception. The eye’s crystalline lens experiences a gradual loss of flexibility and becomes rigid. The lack of flexibility prevents the lens from bending light properly to focus on objects up-close.
Patients who are diagnosed with presbyopia are experiencing a loss of accommodation, or the ability to focus on objects close-up. All men and women will eventually develop presbyopia, but each patient will experience a different time table for near vision impairment. Most presbyopia patients will experience worsening symptoms between age 40 and 55.
Presbyopia is a fact of life. When presbyopia occurs, using reading glasses will reduce the strain on your eyes. This will make your eyes feel more relaxed at the end of the day and may reduce strain-related headaches. Alleviation of these symptoms will make you feel better and give you incentive to wear your reading glasses. So if you become dependent upon your readers it is not because they have made your eyes worse but because they have alleviated unpleasant symptoms of eyestrain.
No, LASIK vision correction is not done to correct presbyopia. LASIK is a corneal reshaping process, and surgery to correct presbyopia involves removing and replacing the eye’s natural lens.
No, presbyopia is an inevitable condition that occurs as part of the aging process. There is no way to prevent the eye’s natural lens from losing flexibility.
Some patients choose to use reading glasses to counteract the loss of near vision, however this option is an inconvenient one that can restrict your activity range. Lens replacement with intraocular lenses offers a permanent solution that is completely maintenance-free!
Learn more about presbyopia and modern vision enhancement procedures. If you are in San Diego, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, or Scripps Ranch, call or email Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc., today for your free consultation with our skilled laser eye surgeon and his experienced eye care team.