As we age, almost everyone will rely on reading glasses to combat the loss of near vision. This is normal. But why does it happen? Throughout life, the internal lens of the eye progressively hardens and loses its ability to automatically change shape. So, as time passes, the muscle system that controls the shape also weakens. This decreased ability to focus on near objects is called presbyopia, which is usually noticeable by age 45.
Currently, there are several surgical and non-surgical options to help deal with presbyopia and correct reading vision:
Reading Correction Options
- Monovision All Laser LASIK
- Monovision PRK All Laser No Flap LASIK
- Raindrop® Corneal Inlay
- Monovision contacts
- Multifocal contacts
- Bifocal glasses
- Multifocal glasses
- Reading glasses
- Readers over contacts
Which procedure, if any, is best for you is dependent upon many factors that will be discussed during your free consultation with Dr. Mozayeni. Providence Eye & Laser Specialists takes pride in finding the best solution for each individual. Sometimes your profession and/or your hobbies will dictate what is most appropriate for you. That is why we talk to you about how you use your vision personally and professionally so that we can make the best recommendation for all aspects of your life. We will always discuss options with you and only recommend those that we’d recommend to ourselves or family members.
If during your consultation Dr. Mozayeni discovers a cataract or the onset of cataracts (typically in your mid-sixties or older), he may refer you to a cataract specialist so that you can investigate lens replacement options such as Restor©, Rezoom© or Crystalens©. It is only in these patients that Dr. Mozayeni feels that a lens replacement is appropriate. Never at Providence Eye has Dr. Mozayeni recommended replacing a healthy lens with an artificial lens to achieve better vision. A healthy lens is a valuable part of your body. He feels there are better ways to achieve clearer vision.