Are you finding it difficult to read? Have you bought your first pair of reading glasses? If you have, it is likely that you are between the ages of 40 and 45. This condition is called presbyopia (not being able to see up close) and it is completely normal. But why? Throughout life, the internal lens of the eye progressively hardens and loses its ability to automatically change shape. The muscle system that controls the shape also weakens as we age. This results in the decreased ability to focus on near objects, making reading difficult.
What is the best way to deal with presbyopia? That depends on your visual needs, desires and lifestyle.
Currently, there are several choices when dealing with presbyopia:
- Reading glasses
- Bifocal eyeglasses
- Bifocal (multi-focal) contact lenses
- Monovision (contacts or laser vision correction)
Monovision works very well for a significant number of people and can be implemented with contacts or blade-free LASIK (OptiLASIK or PRK - All-Laser, Blade Free, No Flap LASIK). With monovision, your non-dominant eye is corrected to be focused for near vision. Typically the brain can “learn” to adapt to this and will use the dominant eye for distance. Of course, it is required to “test drive” monovision before any surgery. We provide this “test driving” service under the direction of Dr. Mills or Dr. Engle and our contact lens division.
At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, in Charlotte, we strive to provide you and your family with the best possible eye care. We always discuss all FDA approved options with you, but only recommend those we would recommend to our families or have done ourselves. Which procedure, if any, is best for you is dependent upon many factors that will be discussed at your consultation.
If during your consultation Dr. Mozayeni discovers a cataract or the onset of cataracts, he may refer you to a cataract specialist so that you can investigate lens replacement such as Restor©, Rezoom© or Crystalens© . It is only in these patients that Dr. Mozayeni feels 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.