Presbyopia Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
Presbyopia is the medical term for gradual, age-related vision loss. The condition typically manifests as lack of visual focus. Nearly every person will deal with some amount of vision loss as they grow older, although the actual severity varies. While this problem is unavoidable for most people, the right treatment can manage symptoms and restore clear vision. Presbyopia typically affects those in their 40s and older, but can occur earlier in rare cases.
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The lens in the eye is responsible for the refraction of light, along with the cornea. These are the two outermost parts of the eye; light enters here and is refracted, leading to clear vision. The lens itself can expand and contract in order to focus on objects at different positions. Over time, the lens becomes harder and less flexible. This disrupts vision and leads to the condition called presbyopia.
Presbyopia is a natural part of aging, and affects nearly every person. Certain risk factors and other health conditions can contribute to a person developing presbyopia prematurely. These include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cardiovascular disease
- Certain antidepressants
Most people with presbyopia begin seeing symptoms after age 40. These symptoms gradually worsen over the years, as the lens becomes harder and less capable of focus. In very rare cases, presbyopia can appear significantly earlier or later.
The most common symptom of presbyopia is a difficulty focusing on objects that are directly in front of the eyes or otherwise up close. People who are dealing with presbyopia often notice other problems, such as:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty reading
People with presbyopia typically have increased difficulty with vision when they are tired, in the dark or participating in a very detail-oriented activity. No two people experience presbyopia the same, so all symptoms may not occur.
Presbyopia is an unavoidable part of growing older. Taking that in to consideration, most presbyopia treatments focus on mitigating symptoms and restoring close-up vision. Treatment typically begins with a basic eye exam to determine the severity of the condition.
From there, various steps can be taken. Treatments for presbyopia can range from non-invasive aid devices to advanced laser surgery. Treatment options include:
- Prescription eyeglasses
- Prescription contacts
- Bifocal lenses
- Trifocal lenses
- Monovision contact lenses (different strengths of lenses in each eye)
- Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK)
- Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK)
- Intraocular lens implants (IOLs)
Prescription glasses and contacts are the least invasive methods, but don't actually correct the lens. Instead they compensate for the inability to focus.
More invasive options, such as LASIK and LASEK actually reshape the cornea in order to restore focus. Intraocular lens implants are typically the most powerful treatment option, because the entire lens is replaced with a new, artificial one.
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Which presbyopia treatment is the best will depend on the individual needs of the patient. For mild cases, glasses will likely be sufficient. For advanced problems, or for those who don't wish to deal with glasses and contacts, surgical solutions are viable.
Request more information about presbyopia today: call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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