Definition of Presbyopia

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017


Noun [pres″be-o´pe-ah]
: A vision condition involving aging eyes in which the eye loses the ability to focus on nearby objects.

*Individual results may vary

What is Presbyopia?

As people age, they find it hard to see up close and many begin using reading glasses to read books, menus, screens, and to see other close-up objects. The correct term for being able to see things far away, but not up close, as related to aging eyes, is presbyopia. Coming from the Greek words, “presby” and “ops’, the term literally means old eye. It generally begins around age 40, affecting men and women alike, even if you have never had vision problems before.

Symptoms and Causes of Presbyopia

Presbyopia begins slowly and is noticeable when people start to hold objects like books and phones at arms length in order to focus. As the eye ages, the lens thickens and becomes more rigid, which makes changing focus from far to near objects more difficult.

Presbyopia Treatment Options

Luckily there are many different options available for presbyopia:

Reading Glasses and Contact Lenses: You may be able to regain near vision through bifocals, reading glasses and contact lenses. The problem with these treatments is they are all short term fixes, requiring you to take them on and off or in and out. Life is interrupted by searching for glasses and fumbling with contact lenses. These options may have low up-front costs, but spending for glasses and contacts adds up over time.

Monovision LASIK: Monovision LASIK is a surgical procedure in which one eye is treated for near vision, and one for far vision. Patients may find it hard to tolerate the imbalance in the eyes. This is not a long term fix. Over time patients need more and more power to focus on near objects and with monovision LASIK the add power is typically not great enough when patients enter in their mid-50s.

Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay: Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a quick surgical procedure similar to LASIK, in which a transparent disk is placed in the eye to improve near vision. In a clinical study, 98% of people who received the Inlay could read a newspaper without the need for reading glasses.1 Learn more:

Looking for an Effective Solution to Treat Presbyopia?

If you would like to learn more about Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay, you can watch our patient testimonials or find a specialist in your area.

1. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Prescribing Label – ReVision Optics, Inc.

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