Don’t Let Age Keep You From Enjoying Clear Sight
One of the most common indicators that you are entering the “middle aged” phase of life is the need for reading glasses. The aging process impacts your eyes as well as the rest of your body. One of the most common age-related vision conditions affecting all people is called presbyopia. It results in a loss of near vision, and it generally develops after the age of 40 or 45. Presbyopia is a progressive condition and develops slowly over the course of time.
If you have enjoyed clear vision for your entire life, you may find this initial blurriness to be a bit odd. It will first become noticeable when viewing small objects up-close. Activities such as reading or sewing may become more difficult. You may even find yourself holding a book farther away in order to read it clearly. As the condition continues to develop, you may eventually need reading glasses in order to see clearly at close distances.
As you get older, your lens becomes less flexible and cannot change its curvature as easily. This generally occurs around the age of 40. Your lens stays flat enough to focus clearly on images at a distance, but it is no longer able to become steep enough to focus clearly on up-close objects. This loss of your lens’ flexibility is what causes the vision problems associated with presbyopia.
If you would like to eliminate your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, then you may want to consider one of the following options:
- Intraocular lenses
Monovision is a technique that corrects one eye for near vision and if necessary, the other eye for distance vision. As a result, your brain will interpret different sets of images from each eye. Monovision can be achieved using contact lenses or with LASIK. However, only about 75% of people can successfully adjust to monovision. If you are considering monovision LASIK, you should try it with contact lenses for six months to a year in order to be certain your brain can adjust properly.
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial lens that gets inserted into your eye to replace your eye’s poorly performing natural lens. IOLs are commonly used to treat patients with cataracts. However, certain premium IOLs can also be used to correct vision issues associated with presbyopia.