Presbyopia, which impairs your reading vision, is a normal progression
of eye health. People usually notice that their close-up vision is diminishing
in their 40s and 50s. Here’s why: the focusing lens that we were
born with begins to lose its elasticity over time. As a result, most people
compensate by pushing objects further and further away in order to see
them clearly. This means you need a different correction for your vision
for close-up work than you need for distance vision. Patients who do not
need vision correction in their youth begin to need reading glasses, and
patients wearing correction for distance may require bifocals or progressive
lenses in order to see both near and far.
Treatment Options for Presbyopia
Great news: Now, there are attractive options, other than glasses, that
treat Presbyopia. Key-Whitman Eye is one of the only eye centers in North
Texas to offer you the full range of options. Many patients are especially
excited about the new high-tech procedure that is designed to treat Presbyopia:
Raindrop, a new FDA-approved near-vision inlay, treats Presbyopia. It is a tiny
implant, just 2 millimeters in size, made of hydrogel and is similar to
the natural cornea. Dr. Jeffrey Whitman has performed more of these procedures
than any other doctor in the U.S. The big benefit of Implanting the Raindrop
inlay is that the patient can see near again without complete dependence
on glasses or contact lenses. Learn more about Raindrop here (hyperlink).
Mono vision is achieved with either refractive surgery or with a contact lens. This
is where the non-dominant eye is left slightly nearsighted, while the
dominant eye is fully corrected for distance only. Mono vision is a temporary
treatment because presbyopia continues to progress and the power or correction
required changes. Patients usually tolerate mono vision well, but in certain
situations they may require additional correction, like when driving at
night or reading in dim light.
Multifocal contact lenses work much like progressive lenses in glasses. These allow patients to
see through a different part of the lens depending on how they position
their heads; seeing through the near correction when they look downward
and seeing through the distance portion of the contact lens while looking
As presbyopia continues to progress, the natural lens becomes a cataract
which will need to be removed. Learn more about cataracts here (hyperlink).
Some patients choose to have a refractive lens exchange with one our high-technology
lenses implanted. These high-technology lenses are designed to give good
functional vision near, far or in-between.
Key-Whitman Eye Center has successfully treated many patients with presbyopia
and improved their vision.
Contact us to schedule your eye exam or call 855-600-7296 or click below to get started today.