What is Presbyopia and How Can You Treat It?

Are you beginning to struggle reading up close? Do you own 5 pairs of readers scattered around your house? Or maybe you have a hard time reading emails on your phone unless your arm is all the way outstretched. If this sounds like you, you are probably living with presbyopia!

What Is Presbyopia?

What is presbyopia you may be asking. To put it simply, presbyopia is age-related near-vision loss; that is, you have a hard time reading up close, but you can still see at a distance just fine. It is a natural part of aging that affects nearly 1.7 billion people worldwide.


What Causes Presbyopia?

Experienced by most people beginning around 40 years old, age-related near vision loss is a natural change in the eye’s lens. Unlike nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, presbyopia is a natural symptom of age that happens to everyone.

Over time, the lens of the eye begins to stiffen and lose its elasticity, making it more difficult for you to focus on objects close up, like labels, menus, and books.


How Can I Treat My Presbyopia?

Here are the top three options to treat your presbyopia:
1. Eyeglasses:

  • Reading Glasses
  • Bifocals
  • Progressive Addition Lenses

2. Contact Lenses

  • Multifocal lenses
  • Monovision lenses

3. Surgical Procedures

  • The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay
  • Monovision LASIK

Read in more detail the treatment solutions for presbyopia, and discover which treatment plan is right for you.

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