Presbyopia is a condition that occurs when your eyes lose the ability to see things up close over time and it a normal side effect of aging. Once they are past age 40, many people begin to notice that they have to hold reading materials farther away in order to be able to see them clearly.

Presbyopia happens when the clear lens inside the eye becomes rigid and loses its flexibility. It can’t change shape as easily to focus light onto the retina. As a result, it becomes harder for you to do things like read a book or see objects up close as clearly.

Although it is an unavoidable age-related condition, there are many treatments available. Here are four options available to treat presbyopia:

 

  • Bifocals

 

This is by far the simplest treatment solution available. Bifocals will help improve your eyesight because the lens is split into two sections. The primary section will correct your distance vision while the secondary section will make it easier for you to see things up close.

Bifocals are a simple and inexpensive option but many people find them cumbersome. That’s why many people opt for one of the treatment options listed below.

 

  • Contacts

 

Multifocal contacts operate in a similar way to bifocals. They are designed to allow patients to see clearly at a variety of distances. Many people find that they prefer contacts to bifocals.

 

  • LASIK

 

One caveat: LASIK will not correct the root cause of presbyopia although it can minimize your need for glasses. Monovision LASIK will correct your dominant eye for distance vision while your eye that is less dominant remains nearsighted.

Your distance vision may not be as clear as it would have been otherwise but your vision will be better overall.

 

  • Corneal inlays

 

Corneal inlays are small lenses that you doctor will surgically place in your corneas to improve your vision. There are currently two different kinds of FDA-approved corneal implants available: the KAMRA Inlay and the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay.

Presbyopia is a common age-related condition that can easily be diagnosed at your comprehensive eye exam. You can learn more about presbyopia here or you can contact us today to schedule your eye exam with Dr. Goldberg.