It’s no secret that with aging comes a lot of changes in our bodies. Our eyes are no exception to that! Have ever had to hold your book, magazine or newspaper at an arms length to focus on the words? Have you have trouble reading your text messages or restaurant menus without the aid of reading glasses? If you are over the age of 40, it is likely that you’ve experienced this common phenomenon. It’s called presbyopia, and it affects millions of Americans in their middle age.
What is Presbyopia?
Inside of your eye, right behind the iris and pupil, there is a crystal clear lens that helps your eyes focus. This lens is flexible, and whenever you look at something up close, it moves to accommodate this close distance. Over time, this lens begins to lose elasticity and becomes more rigid. This also means that the lens is no longer able to flex and accommodate for close objects! This describes the common age-related refractive error called presbyopia.
Aside from blurry near vision, presbyopia can cause:
- Eye fatigue
- Headaches and migraines
Presbyopia, like any other refractive error, can be corrected by the use of contact lenses and reading glasses. However, many people find these to be annoying and aging. Many people opt for presbyopia correcting procedures such as corneal inlays and refractive lens exchange (RLE). Corneal inlays, such as the KAMRA Inlay or the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, are inserted within the first few layers of the cornea to correct presbyopia. During a refractive lens exchange, your surgeon will remove the old, presbyopic lens and replaces it with a new, artificial one. This new lens, called an intraocular lens, can also correct other issues such as farsightedness and astigmatism.
If you are frustrated with presbyopia, be sure to contact Eye Surgeons and Consultants of Hollywood FL for a consultation!