Are you finding it difficult to read? Have you bought your first pair of reading glasses? Are you between the ages of 40-45? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re suffering from presbyopia, which means you cannot see up close. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! Throughout life, the internal lens of the eye progressively hardens and loses its ability to automatically change shape. The muscle system that controls the shape also weakens as we age. This results in a decreased ability to focus on near objects, making it difficult to do anything within arms length.
What is the best way to deal with presbyopia? That depends on your visual needs, desires, and lifestyle.
There are several choices non-surgical options to deal with presbyopia:
If you would like to reduce, or even eliminate, your need for glasses and contacts you may want to consider a surgical option.
Monovision can be implemented with contacts or all-laser LASIK or PRK and works very well for a significant number of people. With monovision, your dominant eye is corrected for distance vision and your non-dominant eye is corrected for near vision. Typically, the brain can “learn” to adapt providing great usable vision at all distances without the need for glasses or contacts.