If you’re over forty and experiencing blurred vision when reading, sewing, or doing other “close” work, you are probably suffering from presbyopia. An age-related condition that affects more than 135 million people in the United States, and more than a billion worldwide, presbyopia is caused by a thickening of the natural lens, which causes loss of flexibility. Even people who have never experienced vision problems before can develop this condition, and, in fact, most people discover in their forties that they need the assistance of reading glasses. Fortunately, there are some solutions, and Tylock-George Eye Care & LASIK Center, a Dallas LASIK provider, can provide help for those seeking to improve their vision.
The most common correction for presbyopia is the use of corrective eyewear. Over-the-counter reading glasses can be helpful, but many people opt for bifocal lenses or progressive lenses. Each of these types of eyeglasses has an upper part set for distance, with the lower portion set in a prescription that helps in seeing up close. The difference between the two is that progressive lenses have no visual lines-and offer a more gradual transition. Multifocal contact lenses also use multiple levels of power to correct presbyopia. Presbyopia does get worse with age, so your prescription will need to be updated periodically.
Another solution to presbyopia is monovision. In this scenario, one eye is prescribed a contact for distance, and the other has a contact for near vision. This enables the brain to learn how to use each eye separately for different tasks.
Perhaps the best way to correct presbyopia is through eye surgery. Surgical correction can often completely eliminate the need for glasses, and can be done in anticipation of presbyopia. Lens implants can replace the natural lens of the eye, or patients can opt for LASIK for presbyopia. Most doctors consider LASIK a better solution. There’s also a presbyopia correcting surgery currently in clinical trials, as the field of laser surgery continually evolves.
If you live in the Dallas area, and are seeking a cure for nearsightedness, consider the Tylock-George Eye Care & Laser Center. Their lead surgeon, Dr. Gary Tylock, is a pioneer in the field of laser eye surgery, and has even been instrumental in developing some of the techniques and equipment used in the procedure. Visit the website for more information, or connect with the online community on Facebook and Twitter.