Presbyopia Treatments

Pomona, New York Presbyopia Treatments


Jan 10, 2013 @ 09:19 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Presbyopia | Iol | Intraocular Lenses | Monovision |

Presbyopia TreatmentsAs people get older, they are bound to experience changes in vision. It's just a natural part of the aging process. One vision problem that is unavoidable later in life is presbyopia. You may not have heard of presbyopia, but it's a fact of growing older. The team at our Pomona laser vision center would like to take a moment right now to discuss the basics of presbyopia and how it can be effectively treated.

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia refers to age-related farsightedness (hyperopia). This generally starts to become apparent in middle age and becomes more pronounced as a person grows older. Presbyopia is an unavoidable eye condition.

The Causes of Presbyopia

Presbyopia is caused by the loss in flexibility of the lens of the eye. When the natural lens of the eye is unable to bend or stretch, its ability to focus on nearby objects is diminished.

Symptoms of Presbyopia

As presbyopia sets in, patients will notice a decrease in clarity to their near vision while their distance vision goes unaffected. Reading may become more difficult and eyestrain may be experienced more frequently.

Surgical Treatments for Presbyopia

There are a few different surgical options to consider for presbyopia, the most notable are monovision LASIK and intraocular lens (IOL) surgery. Let's look at both right now.

Monovision LASIK

This surgical treatment options for presbyopia involves a variation of traditional Pomona LASIK surgery known as monovision LASIK. During monovision LASIK, one eye is corrected in order to see nearby objects. The other eye is uncorrected. Patients will need to wear corrective lenses following monovision LASIK for normal vision.

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Another surgical options for presbyopia involves the use of intraocular lenses (IOLs). IOLs are artificial lens implants. During the IOL procedure, the natural lens of the eye is removed and then replaced by the IOL. Once in place

There are two kinds of IOLs: monofocal IOLs and multifocal IOLs. Monofocal IOLs allow for vision at one distance (i.e., near vision, distance vision) whereas multifocal IOLs allow for vision at various distances just like the natural lens of the eye.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Presbyopia

When it comes to non-surgical treatment for presbyopia, patients will need to rely on the use of corrective lenses. Bifocals are a common solution for treating presbyopia. Another option to consider is carrying two pairs of glasses: one pair for near vision, the other pair for distance vision.

The Best Option for Your Needs

The best option for treating your presbyopia will depend on a number of different factors. During your consultation at our Pomona laser eye surgery practice, we will determine which surgical and non-surgical treatments would be best suited to meet your needs. Once this is determined, we will then give you all of the information on these treatments that you need in order to make a well-informed decision about your vision.

Learn More About Vision Correction Surgery

For more information about treatments for presbyopia as well as other options for advanced eye care, be sure to contact our Pomona, NY laser eye surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible vision.