Can’t See Up Close As Well As
You Did When You Were Younger?
All of us notice an important change in our vision sometime around the age of 45. It seems like we wake up one day and can’t focus up close. Perhaps this change was more gradual – it became difficult to see menu items or credit card statements in a dimly-lit restaurant, or price tags and caller ID weren’t as clear, but as long as we held our arms out a little further, we could read. But one day, we ran out of arm length, and reading glasses or progressive lenses became a constant companion.
It’s Called Presbyopia.
This condition is called presbyopia, and comes from the gradual hardening of the lens in the eye. As we age, the lens doesn’t flex well to shift focus between distance and near, and reading becomes difficult without magnification. Presbyopia afflicts everyone over the age of 45, and we have treatment options for Nashville patients.
Treatment for Presbyopia.
There is no cure for presbyopia. As long as the natural lenses remain in the eye, they will continue to stiffen with age. A popular temporary treatment for presbyopia is monovision. With mono vision LASIK, one eye is treated to be slightly nearsighted, while the other eye is set for distance. For those who can adapt to the disparity between eyes, monovosion can be a viable solution. For those who are not able to tolerate monovision, the natural lenses can be replaced with advanced lens implants. Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), represents a revolutionary way to achieve a full range of vision – in both eyes – without glasses. Learn more about your lens replacement options.