Addressing Age-Related Vision Loss
As we age, our eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. Starting around age 40, you may begin to notice yourself holding books, menus, or your cell phone further away from your face as you try to make the text come into focus. This annoying symptom of aging is known as presbyopia.
At Montgomery Eye Care in Westminster and Northglenn, CO, we provide a range of treatment options to counteract the effects of presbyopia so you can see more clearly. Dr. Jim E. Montgomery can examine your eyes to evaluate your condition and find a solution suited to your needs.
Presbyopia is a normal visual change which occurs as we age. Unlike astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, presbyopia is not related to the shape of the eyeball. Instead, this age-related issue stems from the loss of flexibility of the natural lens in your eye. Typical symptoms of presbyopia include:
- Eye strain
- Visual fatigue
- Blurred vision at normal reading distance
- Holding objects and reading material farther from your eyes to see them clearly
For many patients, these symptoms are worse if they are tired or in an area with poor lighting. The best way to find out if your vision issues are related to presbyopia is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Montgomery. He can perform a comprehensive eye examination and determine the optimal method for restoring your vision.
Your Treatment Options
Fortunately, presbyopia is a highly treatable condition. Glasses and contacts are easy and reliable options for counteracting blurred vision. In addition, new technologies have emerged which offer long-term or permanent solutions to presbyopic vision loss. Dr. Montgomery can sit down with you and discuss your budget, lifestyle, and preferences to pinpoint the treatment most suited to your unique needs.
Glasses are a common option for correcting vision issues. There are several types of glasses available for presbyopia, including:
- Reading glasses: Patients with no other vision issues can use prescription glasses for reading only.
- Bifocals: A bifocal lens has a line which divides the lens between the prescription for distance and for reading so that you can switch between the two as necessary.
- Progressive lenses: Known as multifocal lenses, progressive lenses have no lines and contain multiple strengths for distance, middle distance, and close-up corrections.
However, patients with a more active lifestyle or who simply dislike wearing glasses can consider other options, as well.
If you do not want to wear glasses, there are a few types of contacts which can correct presbyopia. Bifocal and monovision contact lenses can both provide solutions for age-related near vision loss.
At Montgomery Eye Care, we understand the importance of finding a presbyopia treatment which fits your budget and lifestyle.
Refractive surgery offers a permanent option for improving your vision. To treat presbyopia, Dr. Montgomery can adjust the shape of your non-dominant eye to improve close-up vision. Over time, your brain will learn to rely on your dominant eye for distance vision and your adjusted eye for close-up work. Dr. Montgomery can help you choose between the different types of refractive surgery, such as Monovision LASIK and PRK.
At Montgomery Eye Care, we also offer premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) which replace the natural lens of your eye with an implant. There are multiple types of IOLs available which offer different results.
Restore Proper Vision
Age-related vision loss can be incredibly frustrating and interfere with many aspects of your day-to-day life. At Montgomery Eye Care, we understand the importance of finding a presbyopia treatment which fits your budget and lifestyle. Learn more about your treatment options by contacting our office online or calling one of our two convenient locations today.
"My friend referred me to Dr. Montgomery who was VERY patient, and determined I had a virus, complicated by dry eye. I have been working with him for over about two years now, and my eye is MUCH better under his very professional care. If you have an ongoing problem, or just need a good eye doc, I highly recommend him."Review From ratemds.com