A Brief Overview of Presbyopia by Dr. Ferzaad Moosa of the Excel Laser Vision Institute

Presbyopia is a natural vision disorder that occurs as we age. The surest sign of presbyopia is when you have to hold the paper at arm’s length to read it clearly. Other signs of presbyopia are blurred vision when reading and headache and eye fatigue when doing close work, like removing a splinter or sewing.

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Presbyopia occurs as the lens loses its flexibility and slowly hardens, which causes light to hit the retina incorrectly. As you age, the muscle fibers around the lens lose their ability to quickly reshape the lens as you look from far to near or vice versa. Though the process occurs gradually, it sometimes seems as though it happens overnight.

When presbyopia begins to interfere with your life, your optometrist can test for and treat the problem. Reading glasses and contact lenses that can be worn only when needed or all the time can be prescribed. Bifocals or trifocals can be prescribed to those who have other types of impairment along with presbyopia. If you prefer contact lenses and you have two vision problems, monovision contact lenses can be fitted so that the lens for one eye is used for distance viewing and the lens for the other eye is used for close up viewing. These types of lenses can, however, degrade depth perception.

LASIK surgery and conductive keratoplasty are both procedures that can correct presbyopia, however, both have the same effects as monovision lenses, so patients considering surgical remedies should wear monovision lenses first to see if it is an acceptable treatment.

About the author: Dr. Ferzaad Moosa is the sole practitioner at the Excel Laser Vision Institute of Encino and Brea, California. Dr. Moosa has performed over 60,000 LASIK procedures and hundreds of intraocular procedures, corneal transplants, and glaucoma treatments. Dr. Moosa is board certified and is a member of the The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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