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Presbyopia treatment

Presbyopia Treatment

 We all have the memory of an aunt or granny reading a newspaper and holding it at arm length to be able to decipher the letters. With aging people tend to lose their ability to focus on nearby objects as the lens in the eye get more and more rigid over time. Presbyopia is an age related, correctable vision impairment, which may at first sight seem to overlap with farsightedness. But, whereas farsightedness involves a structural deformity of the eyes, presbyopia is rather a textural change of the lenses (as they harden they lose flexibility).

When blurred vision and straining the eyes to read and work becomes a nuisance, many people seek presbyopia treatment and turn to an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. At the eye doctor a basic eye exam can diagnose if you really need presbyopia treatment or you may have another eye condition that causes blurred vision.

Presbyopia Treatment


There is no absolute cure for this condition, but with a few easy measures vision can be corrected till perfection. What are the corrective presbyopia treatment options?

  • Corrective lenses – you may be able to buy reading glasses without medical prescription if your eyes have never needed any other correction before. The secret is trying on various options and test how comfortably you can read with them from normal distance. If over-the-counter reading lenses fail to improve substantially your capability to focus on nearby objects, you may need another solution.
  • Bifocals are the most commonly prescribed presbyopa treatment. Bifocals are divided lenses in which the upper half serves for distance vision and the bottom is designed for close vision. Sometimes they are made up of two separate lenses, or they involve one progressively changing lenses.
  • The same type of double vision correction is possible with the so called multifocal contact lenses.  Their division is a bit distinct however, since in this case the peripheral part of the lens serves for distant vision and the central part for near focus.

Surgical Presbyopia Treatment Options

  1. Intraocular Lens Implantation

It involves the surgical removal of your natural lens and replacing it with artificial ones, to ensure both near and distance vision. Technologies are improving rapidly and results are promising in this field of vision correction.

             2. Refractive Surgical Procedures

  • LASIK surgery (Laser-assisted in-situ keratimileusis)
  • LASEK surgery (Laser epithelial keratimileusis)
  • Conductive keratoplasty
  • Photorefractive keratectomy

No matter which presbyopia treatment you opt for, it is imperative to protect your eyes day by day:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Visit you ophthalmologist regularly
  • Use the right glasses
  • Control diabetes and high blood pressure