Presbyopia, also known as age-related farsightedness, is a common eye disorder that everyone will experience as they grow older. You’ll know you have presbyopia when close-up objects become blurry and difficult to focus on. This is why adults in their 40s and beyond often need to use bifocals or reading glasses.

How Presbyopia Affects Your Vision

Depictions of a normal eye and an eye affected by presbyopiaYour eye’s natural lens is flexible and soft when you are young, allowing it to easily change shape whenever you need to focus at different distances. However, as you age, your lens will harden and become less flexible, limiting its ability to change shape. This, in turn, limits your ability to focus clearly on nearby objects.

If you already have glasses for nearsightedness (myopia), you will need to obtain bifocals for presbyopia. Bifocals contain double lenses that correct your vision for both disorders at the same time. On the other hand, if you are farsighted (hyperopia) or use contact lenses, you should only need reading glasses to correct presbyopia.

Treating Presbyopia with PRELEX

Laser vision correction cannot correct presbyopia, since it is a problem with your lens, not your cornea. However, intraocular lenses (IOLs) can be used to correct presbyopia through an innovative surgery called PRELEX (Presbyopic Lens Exchange). During this procedure, your old, hardened lens is replaced with a flexible new artificial lens that allows you to focus properly again.

With PRELEX and IOLs, there is no longer any reason you should resign yourself to using biofocals or reading glasses for the rest of your life. PRELEX can provide you with clear vision at all distances. Even better, replacing your lens with an IOL means you are protected against cataracts later in life, since they cannot form on artificial lenses.

Our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for PRELEX.

If you want to learn more about presbyopia treatment, please contact Summit Eye Care today or call 336-765-0960 to schedule your initial consultation with us.