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 all these questions, you’re suffering from a condition called presbyopia, which means you cannot see up close. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! You may be wondering why this is happening to you. 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 reading difficult.
What is the best way to deal with presbyopia? That depends on your visual needs, desires, and lifestyle.
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. Since there are some people who cannot adjust or do not care for this “blended” vision Providence Eye requires patients to “test drive” monovision with contact lenses for 2 weeks. If the patient is satisfied with the vision then monovision can be recreated surgically with either LASIK or PRK. We provide this monovision “test drive” with contact lenses under the direction of our optometrist Dr. Mills.
At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists in Charlotte, NC, we strive to provide you and your family with the best possible eye care. We always discuss all FDA-approved options with you, but only recommend those we would recommend to our families or have done ourselves. Which procedure, if any, is best for you is dependent upon many factors that will be discussed at your consultation.
If during your consultation Dr. Mozayeni discovers a cataract or the onset of cataracts, he may refer you to our lens surgeon, Dr. Trey Nunnery, so that you can investigate Refractive Lens Exchange surgery which could provide you with a more permanent result.