Just like our skin or joints, our eye lenses begin showing signs of wear and tear as we age. Common lens problems include cloudy vision due to cataracts and a loss in the ability to focus on nearby objects caused by presbyopia. Although presbyopia is a prevalent age-related eye condition, our Atlanta ophthalmology experts at Milan Eye Center want to be sure patients understand the various symptoms and treatments available for presbyopia.
Presbyopia is when lens of the eye loses its elasticity, making it difficult for the eye to focus on nearby objects. Presbyopia is not a disease; it is a natural part of getting older. Generally speaking, presbyopia begins to develop when people reach the age of 40.
Eyestrain when looking at something nearby is one of the most common symptoms of presbyopia. Headaches and blurry vision when focusing on close objects are other common symptoms that occur. Having trouble reading small print is one of the earliest symptoms of the condition developing. People who already have an eye issue that requires them to wear glasses or contacts are more prone to the onset of presbyopia. Also, people who experience a good deal of exposure to the sun or work at a job that requires a lot of focusing on close objects (like computer work) may develop this condition sooner or more rapidly.
To eliminate the aggravating symptoms or presbyopia, treatment is necessary. Common treatments to correct this condition include lens implants, different kinds of refractive surgeries, and corrective lenses like contacts or glasses.
As in cataract surgery, a lens implant can be surgically placed in your eye, with your natural lens being removed. By doing this, you can regain the ability to see more clearly up close. There are options like corrective lenses are glasses or contacts specially designed to treat this condition. Examples include prescription reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals, and multifocal lenses.
LASIK and PRK are two types of refractive surgery that can correct this condition, as well. Both involve reshaping the eye. LASIK uses a laser to reshape the cornea by removing parts of the layers underneath it. PRK reshapes the outer part of the eye, discards a part of the epithelium, and then lets it heal to correct the problem.
Many people are familiar with LASIK and ask if it can cure this presbyopia. While LASIK surgery correction improves the ability to focus on close-up objects for a long period of time, the procedure does not “cure” the problem. Essentially, LASIK can combat presbyopia but eye lenses will continue accrue wear and tear as we age. During the surgery, a laser is used to create a flap in the cornea, and layers underneath it are taken out to reshape your eye lens so that light is sent at the correct angle to the retina.
For an exam to determine if you have presbyopia or to learn whether you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Milan Eye Center in Atlanta for a consultation at (678)-381-2020
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