(up-close reading vision loss)
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia, or up-close reading vision loss, is an eye condition that starts to become noticeable with age. One of the most common symptoms of presbyopia is a difficulty focusing on objects from near distances, like looking at a smartphone screen.
Most people temporarily correct this blurry vision by wearing reading glasses from the pharmacy, or holding reading material at arm’s length to see text clearly. However, this comes with its share of inconveniences—remembering to carry your reading glasses with you everywhere you go, for example.
What causes presbyopia?
Presbyopic vision is caused by age and it is an almost inevitable part of aging. This sets presbyopia apart from other refractive errors, like myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, which instead are the result of the shape or length of the eye. This particular eye condition is caused by a loss of elasticity and gradual hardening of the eye’s natural lens (a biconvex, transparent structure located behind the iris and the pupil). With presbyopia, people normally start to notice a change in their vision once they’re in their 40s.
Is presbyopia common?
Yes. Nearly 100% of the population will experience symptoms of presbyopia as they age.
Does presbyopia stop progressing?
Unfortunately, presbyopia is degenerative and will continue progressing if left untreated. While reading glasses, progressive lenses, and bifocals provide temporary relief, these are not long-term solutions.
Risks of presbyopia
While there are few severe risks tied to presbyopia, leaving the condition unchecked can ultimately have an impact on your daily routine. Some outside factors may be linked to early onset presbyopia, such as diabetes. People with hyperopia (farsightedness) may also experience presbyopic symptoms earlier than those with myopia or no vision prescription at all.
Does LASIK MD treat presbyopia?
Yes. LASIK MD offers two types of procedures, called PresbyVisionTM, designed to treat presbyopia. These surgical options are designed to help you discover independence from your reading glasses and to see clearly again from near, intermediate, and far distances. Find out if you are for a candidate for a PresbyVisionTM procedure.