Vision After 40: How to Treat Presbyopia

act-16cPresbyopia is a common vision condition that usually occurs beginning around age 40, when the eye’s natural lens loses its flexibility, making focusing up close more difficult. People with presbyopia experience blurred near vision when reading, using the computer or reading text messages. While presbyopia is inevitable, there are several ways to restore near vision lost from presbyopia, including a new, innovative treatment. Dr. Brian Will of Will Vision and Laser Centers discusses these treatments in detail.

Symptoms of Presbyopia

Typically, people begin experiencing symptoms of presbyopia after age 40. However, younger people can also experience blurred vision associated with the condition. Common symptoms include:

  • Eye strain or headaches after reading up close
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Squinting
  • Fatigue from reading up close
  • Need for brighter lighting when reading or doing close work
  • Need for holding reading material at an arm’s distance to properly focus on it

Eyewear

Eyeglasses with bifocal or progressive addition lenses are the most common solution for presbyopia. Bifocal lenses have two points of focus, one for long distance vision and another for close vision. Progressive addition lenses offer a more gradual transition from near to far vision.

Monovision

Monovision serves as an alternative to people with presbyopia who don’t want to wear reading glasses. Monovision allows you to wear one contact lens to correct your distance vision and another, in the other eye, to correct your near vision. However, the eye that sees well at a distance will be slightly blurred up close while the eye that sees well up close will be slightly blurred when looking at longer distances. Additionally, some people may experience some vision loss in very dim light conditions. In these cases, your eye doctor may recommend you wear prescription glasses.

KAMRA Inlay

Up until recently, there hasn’t been a treatment for presbyopia that has delivered perfect or near-perfect results. This is why Will Vision and Laser Centers is pleased to announce it is one of 30 centers in the U.S. that will soon offer a new and innovative procedure that will help people with presbyopia see clearer and better than ever before.

KAMRA Inlay is a recently FDA-approved treatment that is ideal for people who wish to not be dependent on reading glasses or contacts. A thin, ring-shaped inlay implant is placed in the cornea of one eye, restoring near vision and making it easier to read text messages and other small print. Unlike monovision, the KAMRA Inlay only treats one eye, allowing the person to see up close with one eye, while maintaining distance vision in both eyes without blurry zones.

To find out if you are an ideal candidate for KAMRA Inlay, schedule a consultation with our LASIK surgeon, Dr. Brian Will. You can reach our Vancouver office at (877) 542-EYES (3937), our Beaverton office at (877) 542-3937 or our Salem office at (877) 542-3937.