Presbyopia - Who Does it Affect?

February 22, 2012 — by Dr. Zimmer
Tags: Presbyopia Monovision Icls Vision Correction

There are many different kinds of vision problems that people can face. Some can be dealt with simply through Pittsburgh LASIK, while other may be more involved. Whatever vision problem you or a loved one faces, you can count on us to give you excellent care. We'd like to take a brief look at the vision problem known as presbyopia. This is a condition common to many people as they get older, but not too many people are knowledgeable about its causes, its symptoms, and its treatment.

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia refers to a vision condition in which the lens of the eye loses its flexibility and begins to harden. This is a common vision problem for people after the age of 40 and makes it difficult to focus on objects that are up close. When you visit our laser eye surgery center serving Pittsburgh, we'll carefully examine your eye health and consult your medical record to determine if you are experiencing presbyopia.

What are the symptoms of presbyopia?

The most common and easy to identify symptom of presbyopia is the inability to focus on objects that are within arm's length. Images may appear blurry, and more light may be required to view objects that are up close as well. Be attentive when you are reading, using the computer, or examining anything that's close up. Our ophthalmologists and LASIK surgeons will perform comprehensive testing to measure the degree of vision loss you're experiencing, and also to determine if you are suffering from presbyopia or just hyperopia (farsightedness).

Who is at risk for presbyopia?

Generally, people who are most at risk for presbyopia are those who are age 40 years old or older. As you get higher up in age, the chances of presbyopia occurring are more pronounced.

Treatments for Presbyopia

One option for treating presbyopia is using Pittsburgh ICLs. These are artificial lenses that will replace the hardening lens of the eye. Another option to consider is monovision LASIK surgery. This will basically correct one eye for vision of nearby objects while the other eye remains uncorrected. Finally, you may want to simply consider getting corrective lenses in order to improve your vision of nearby objects.

Finding the Best Option for You

Though there are numerous options to improve your overall vision when you've developed presbyopia, the best option for your needs will need to be considered by a skilled eye care professional. Some patients may be good candidates for monovision LASIK, which others may find that ICLs or other treatments may be better. We'll be sure to discuss these matters in full detail during your visit so you have a good understanding of treatment.

Learn More About Presbyopia and How it Can Be Treated

Though presbyopia may affect your vision, rest assured that there are options available. If you would like to learn more about your options for vision correction and enhanced eyesight, be sure to contact our refractive surgery center in Cranberry Township today. The entire team looks forward to your visit.