There’s no turning back the clock, but you still can enjoy youthful vision.
It used to be that failing eyesight was simply part of getting older. With advanced optics technology and availability of blade-less surgery, it doesn’t have to be anymore.
At Focus Eye Care & Surgery in New York, our eye specialist, Dr. Neelofar Ghaznawi, is board-certified to provide general and specialized ophthalmic care. She is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and highly trained and experienced in personalized lens and refractive surgeries to help you regain clearer vision and a more active lifestyle.
What causes presbyopia?
Presbyopia is caused by aging lens. At around age 40, the eye’s natural lens becomes harder and less pliable than it used to be.
In young people, the eye’s natural lens contracts or expands depending on whether it needs to look at things up close or farther away. The ciliary muscle controlling the lens is responsible for this ‘accommodation.’
When viewing distant objects, the muscle relaxes to make the lens flatter and thinner; when looking at things up close, the muscle contracts and makes the lens curved and thicker.
Over time, the ability of the lens to accommodate diminishes, reducing its focusing power on nearby objects.
What are the symptoms of presbyopia?
If you get to a certain age and you notice you’re holding reading materials farther away to see the print clearly, you likely have presbyopia. If left uncorrected, presbyopia causes headaches and eye strain.
Getting a regular, comprehensive eye exam is all the more important as you get older. Book a consultation with us today to correct age-related vision problems.
What are the treatment options for presbyopia?
Presbyopia can be corrected by reading glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery.
A presbyopic lens is no longer able to curve in the center to increase its focusing power for near work. To correct this, convex lenses (thicker in the middle than at the edges) are placed before the eyes.
With convex lenses, incoming light is bent and focused to a sharp single point onto the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eyes. The result is sharper and clearer vision of nearby objects.
Laser and Refractive surgery
The goal of laser and refractive surgeries is the same as that of prescription lenses, except that the lens itself is implanted in place of the hardened natural lens. Refractive surgeons perform a surgery similar to cataract surgery, but before the formation of cataracts.
Surgery treatment options may not suit everyone, so it’s important to have your treatment plan personalized to your needs and lifestyle goals. The benefits of reduced dependence on eyeglasses should be considered against potential risks.