As you age, your vision starts to change. For some people, their ability to focus on objects that are near to them will be affected. The loss of the near focusing ability is known as presbyopia. If you suffer from presbyopia, it is important to understand your treatment options so that you can choose the method that is right for you.
Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses
Eyeglasses and contact lenses are a popular option for people who are suffering from presbyopia. Both solutions offer specialized treatment that can help with slowing the progress of the eye condition.
When it comes to eyeglasses, you have several options for the lenses. For instance, your eye doctor might recommend glasses with progressive lenses that are designed to restore your near vision despite any other refractive errors you might have.
Bifocals are also an option. The view with bifocals is a bit more limited than progressive lenses and there is also a visible line on the lenses. You will not notice the line, but others can see it.
Depending on the progression of your eye condition, you might be able to use reading glasses. The glasses are available in your local drug store, but it is better to see your eye doctor for a pair. He or she can ensure that the glasses you have are sufficient to correct your vision problem.
If wearing eyeglasses and contact lenses daily are not for you, there are several surgical options. For instance, the Kamra inlay procedure is one option. The procedure is designed to eliminate the need to wear corrective lenses to treat presbyopia.
During the procedure, a corneal inlay will be implanted into the cornea. The inlay is a small, thin opaque ring that is like a contact lens. Once the inlay is in the cornea, it is positioned so that the center opening is in front of your pupil. The positioning of the inlay brings objects that are near into sharper focus. Your distance vision will not be impacted.
Although the procedure sounds complicated, it is usually conducted in-office and generally takes less than half an hour to complete. You will not need stitches and your recovery could take as little as several days or months.
Before deciding on an option to treat your near vision problem, further discuss your options with your eye doctor. He or she can help you evaluate each treatment option and determine which is right for your situation.