Many people experience a change in vision in the beginning of mid-life. If you find yourself holding reading material farther away in order to focus, or if you experience eye strain or trouble reading in dim light, a common condition called presbyopia may be to blame. Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston is your trusted source of vision care for all stages of life and we have a range of presbyopia solutions to restore your vision.
- What is Presbyopia?
- What Causes Age-Related Farsightedness?
- Presbyopia Symptoms
- Presbyopia Diagnosis
- Presbyopia Treatments
- Frequently Asked Questions About Presbyopia
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia (pres-bee-oh-pee-uh) is an age-related loss of near vision—basically, it is the reason that many people over the age of 40 reach for reading glasses. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and affects as many as 128 million people in the U.S.1
What Causes Age-Related Farsightedness?
Presbyopia affects people who already had refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, as well as those who have never had vision issues before. It happens because the lens of the eye becomes less flexible with age.
In order to have clear vision, light must filter through your cornea in the front of your eye, then through the lens of your eye, and finally to the retina at the back of the eye. When we are young, the lens moves as we look around, constantly shifting so we can zoom in and out and see at different distances. As we age, the lens stiffens and cannot do as good of a job at zooming in and out. When this happens, reading and close-up tasks become more difficult.
Symptoms of presbyopia include:2
- Difficulty with near vision when reading or doing up-close tasks
- Holding things further away in order to see them clearly
- Needing brighter light to read or see up close
- Eye strain or headaches
Your eye doctor can diagnose presbyopia during a routine eye exam. While reading glasses are available over-the-counter, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see us any time you have a change in vision. It is important to take care of your eye health, plus one of our eye doctors can explain all your treatment options.
There are a wide range of treatments available to help you regain your near vision. While reading glasses are often a first-line choice, some patients find them inconvenient for a busy lifestyle. Whether you are seeking a non-surgical option or a permanent solution for presbyopia, we can help.
The Houston Optical Shop at Diagnostic Eye Center carries designer eyeglass frames and state-of-the-art lens technology. We carry Varilux progressive lenses, which give a smooth transition between distances for clear, crisp vision with no visible lens line. Learn more about optical services.
Vuity Eye Drops
Vuity drops are the first eye drop that is FDA approved for the treatment of presbyopia. Vuity is a once daily eye drop that can improve near vision for approximately six hours, which can enable you to be less dependent on glasses at work or while doing your favorite hobbies. Learn more about Vuity drops.
Monovision, also called blended vision, is a technique in which one eye is corrected for distance and one eye is corrected for near vision. For patients who are good candidates, this allows for clearer overall vision and less dependence on glasses. Blended vision can be performed temporarily with contact lenses or permanently with LASIK, PRK, or RLE.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Refractive lens exchange, or RLE, is a vision correction surgery that uses the same technology as cataract surgery. In this surgery, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with a premium intraocular lens (IOL) that is customized to improve your unique vision.
Frequently Asked Questions About Presbyopia
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As a leading ophthalmology practice in Houston, Texas, we are dedicated to helping you live life with clear vision. Contact us to learn more about your options for treating presbyopia.
1 Zebardast N, Friedman DS, Vitale S. The prevalence and demographic associations of presenting near-vision impairment among adults living in the United States. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017;174: 134–144
2 National Eye Institute. Presbyopia. Available: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/presbyopia Accessed January 11, 2023.
3 Mayo Clinic. Presbyopia. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/presbyopia/symptoms-causes/syc-20363328#: Accessed January 11, 2023.
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