What is Presbyopia and What are My Options?

What is Presbyopia and What are My Options?

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a common age-related condition that causes a person's near vision to become blurry. It usually occurs in people over the age of 40 and is caused by the natural hardening of the lens in the eye, which makes it more difficult to focus on nearby objects.  There are several options available for people with presbyopia, including eyeglasses, contact lenses, and surgery.

Available Treatment Options for Presbyopia

Eyeglasses are the most common treatment for presbyopia.

They can be prescribed with multifocal lenses, which have two or more prescriptions in one lens to help you see clearly at different distances.  Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions, one for distance vision and one for near vision, while trifocal lenses have three prescriptions for distance, intermediate, and near vision.

Multifocal LensBifocal Lens

Progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals, have a gradual change in prescription from top to bottom, allowing for a more seamless transition between distances.

Progressive Lens

Contact lenses are another option for correcting presbyopia.

Multifocal contact lenses work in the same way as multifocal eyeglasses, with multiple prescriptions in one lens. Monovision contact lenses are another option, where one lens is prescribed for distance vision and the other for near vision. This can take some time to get used to, as the brain has to adjust to seeing from two different prescriptions at the same time.

Surgery is a more permanent option for correcting presbyopia.

Refractive lens exchange, also known as clear lens extraction, involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. This procedure can correct both presbyopia and other refractive errors, such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). Another surgical option is conductive keratoplasty, which uses radio frequency energy to reshape the cornea and improve near vision. 

At Enjoy Optical, we specialize in the eyeglasses solution. 

We love helping our clients look good and see clearly with the latest progressive lens technology.  This lens technology paired with our custom measurements gives you the widest field of vision possible while also optimizing all three focal points (distance, intermediate and near).  For you, this means sharper, wider vision at any distance without neck strain or fatigue.

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