Presbyopia: Common Symptoms And Treatments
Are you finding yourself holding books and menus farther away to see clearly? Have you needed more light to read lately? Maybe you’ve recently increased the size of the font on your cell phone or computer to make it easier on your eyes. These are all symptoms of presbyopia – a common condition that begins to impact the near vision of most people in their 40s or 50s. As I explained in my previous blog post, presbyopia affects nearly everyone’s vision at some point, making it more difficult to see objects at close range. At Eye Doctors of Washington, we offer several procedures to treat presbyopia, such as laser vision correction and intraocular lenses (IOLs).
While prescription bifocals or over-the-counter reading glasses are probably the most common methods for treating presbyopia, these days many of our patients pursue options to avoid wearing glasses. Monovision LASIK is often used to treat our younger patients who are experiencing the effects of presbyopia but have yet to develop cataracts. This specialized LASIK surgery optimizes one eye for distance and the other eye for reading.
For our patients who have started to develop cataracts in addition to presbyopia, we use multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) to help restore the ability to focus at close range. These IOLs split the light into several different focal points, allowing a patient to see at near, intermediate, and distance. Multifocal IOLs are implanted in the eye during cataract surgery. A consultation with one of our ophthalmologists can help you determine which of these presbyopia treatment methods may be best for your unique circumstances.
– Dr. Adam Gess