Presbyopia is a natural occurrence where near vision becomes blurred, making it hard to focus while doing things like reading, using a mobile phone, or working on the computer. It is not a disease or illness; in fact, it is very common with age.
What Causes Presbyopia?
In young people, the eye’s lens is soft and flexible, readily changing shape to see images from different distances. As you age, the crystalline lens in your eye hardens and loses elasticity. With this loss of flexibility, your eyes are less able to adjust properly to focus near objects.
Symptoms of Presbyopia
People commonly mistake the symptoms of presbyopia for longsightedness. However, the two conditions have different causes: longsightedness is the result of the curvature of the cornea or smaller shape of the eye, whereas presbyopia is due to the loss of flexibility in the lens.
The telltale symptom of presbyopia is blurred vision while reading, sewing, using a mobile phone, or doing anything that requires near vision.
Treatment for Presbyopia
There are many options for people with presbyopia, including contact lenses. Recent technologies allow people who are entering into presbyopia to continue wearing contact lenses, instead of having to switch to bifocals, or reading glasses.
Common treatments for presbyopia include:
Bifocal or multifocal spectacles
Contact lenses: Bausch + Lomb Purevision Multi-Focal contact lenses let your eyes focus naturally, effortlessly – at all distances*. These lenses feature a gradual design that eases the transitions eyes have to make from near to far distance*. Talk to your eye care professional to see if PureVision Multi-Focal contact lenses are right for you.
Treating Cataracts and Presbyopia
FineVision is a trifocal intraocular lens that features a series of rings which diffract light to provide Far, Intermediate and Near vision. The design of FineVision is different to multifocal or bifocal glasses. You don’t have to worry about moving your head to see clearly or even walking down stairs, as the lens is implanted in the eye. Many patients implanted with FineVision don’t need to wear glasses for everyday tasks such as driving, reading the car speedometer or even using their smart phone.1