Presbyopia Treatment Edison
Presbyopia is a condition marked by the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on close objects. It develops as you age, generally becoming apparent in your early to mid 40s. The condition may continue to worsen until you reach the age of 60.
Patel Eye Associates in Edison, New Jersey can help treat your presbyopia. Our experienced NJ ophthalmologists offer the most advanced techniques and technology for restoring your vision and your quality of life.
Presbyopia Symptoms and Causes
As you develop presbyopia, you may experience blurred near vision when reading, sewing or working at the computer. You may also notice more eyestrain or headaches. It is common to begin holding books, magazines, newspapers, menus and other reading materials at closer to your eyes in order to focus properly. Even if you are nearsighted, you will notice your near vision blurs when wearing your usual eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision.
You can’t escape presbyopia, even if you have had no previous vision problems. It is an age-related process believed to stem from a gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye. The changes actually occur within the proteins in the lens, making the lens harder and less elastic over time. Age-related changes also take place in the muscle fibers surrounding the lens. With less elasticity, your eyes have difficulty focusing up close.
Presbyopia is commonly treated with corrective lenses, commonly referred to as reading glasses. If you previously wore corrective lenses for nearsightedness, you may need bifocals in order to correct your presbyopia as well. These multi-focal lenses allow you to transition smoothly from distance to near vision without having to change to a different pair of glasses.
For those unconcerned with the convenience of multi-focal lenses, reading glasses may be your best choice for close work, especially if you normally wear contact lenses.
You can also choose from a variety of contact lens options, such as multi-focal or mono-vision lenses, to treat the condition. When you visit with Edison ophthalmologists, Dr. Hitesh K. Patel and Dr. Himanshu S. Shah for your comprehensive eye examination, they will happily discuss all your options to help you choose the one that is best for you.
There are also a variety of surgical treatments for presbyopia, including:
- Conductive keratoplasty (CK), which uses radio waves to reshape the corneal curvature, improving near vision. CK is performed on a single eye.
- Excimer laser surgeries such as PresbyLASIK and LASIK monovsion
- Cataract surgery: While you may not have cataracts, the procedure for refractive lens exchange is identical to the surgical procedure for removing cataracts.
Many presbyopia patients do best with reading glasses and multifocal contact lenses, at least in the early stages of the condition. Remember that your near vision will continue to change over the years as your presbyopia worsens. Surgery at a younger age may require another surgery at a later age when your vision changes.
Please contact our ophthalmologists in Edison today to schedule your initial consultation at Patel Eye Associates, serving all of NJ including Edison, New Brunswick and Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Frequently Asked Presbyopia Questions
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a condition resulting in the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus clearly on close objects. Reading glasses are often required to compensate for deteriorating vision at close distances.
What causes presbyopia?
While we do know that nearly everyone develops presbyopia after age 40, the cause is unclear. The most commonly accepted theory for why presbyopia occurs is that the crystalline lens of the eye begins to harden as we age. As the lens hardens, the muscles that help the lens work also stiffen; therefore, the lens is less flexible and cannot adjust to viewing objects at different distances, specifically objects close-up.
What are the signs and symptoms of presbyopia?
If you are 40 or older, you may be noticing changes in your vision. Perhaps you must hold reading materials further from you in order to focus without blur, eye strain or fatigue. This is the classic sign of presbyopia.
Can presbyopia be cured?
There is no cure for presbyopia, though there are many treatments that can help you see more clearly up-close or when your eyes need to transition from near to distance work. Presbyopia treatment may include glasses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery. The only way to know which treatment will restore your best vision is to schedule a consultation with Edison ophthalmologists Dr. Hitesh K. Patel and Dr. Himanshu S. Shah . They will perform a very thorough examination and discuss all of your options.
Will I still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after treatment?
Even if you opt for vision correction surgery to restore your vision, you may still wear glasses or contacts. Individual results vary. Dr. Patel and Dr. Shah can help you design the best treatment course to suit your needs and your lifestyle.