As an optometrist, Curtis R. Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence likes to remind his patients that eye care is an important part of their health. Regular eye exams help to ensure that anything wrong with your eyes can be caught and treated early. This helps reduce the risk of permanent damage. One of the most common things we see is known as Presbyopia, or what the Greeks called "old eyes". Let's take a look at some of the common questions that we run into regarding this eye disorder.
What Is Presbyopia?
The lenses of your eyes bend to refract light to your retina so you can focus. As you get older, this lens becomes less flexible. It takes longer to bend. When this happens, you lose the ability to focus on objects that are close to you. That is why you often see people holding reading materials at arm's length.
How is Presbyopia Detected?
Having a baseline reading on file with our eye doctor is the beginning. During your annual visit, our eye doctor will check your vision. We may dilate your pupils so we can check behind your eyes and see what, if any, changes have occurred since your last visit.
What Signs Should I Look For?
One of the signs you may notice on your own is the need for more light. Other symptoms can include blurry vision when trying to read or view something close. You may also experience regular headaches from eye strain.
Who Is Most Likely to Get Presbyopia?
Age is the greatest factor in this disorder. Others that are more prone to getting Presbyopia are those who are already far-sighted, have experienced head trauma, and those that suffer from diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Some medications such as allergy medicine, anti-psychotics, and diuretics, among others, can also increase your risk for this condition.
How Does an Optometrist Treat Presbyopia?
Our optometrist will likely prescribe eyeglasses or contacts to use when viewing nearby objects. In some cases, LASIK surgery may help. In especially bad cases, the eye doctor may replace the lens with a new one, similar to a procedure used in cataract surgery.
Contact Us for Quality Eye Care in Lawrence, KS
If you are approaching the age of forty or have noticed symptoms that your eyes are not performing as they once were, contact our office in Lawrence to schedule an appointment with Curtis R. Anderson, O.D. Call our team today at (785) 843-8200 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.