Understanding Presbyopia

Maintaining optimal eyesight is easy for most patients under the age of 40. Most eye issues with younger patients can be easily managed with vision correction and annual eye exams. However, patients past the age of 40 are more susceptible to various eye conditions, including presbyopia. If you have presbyopia, our team at Curtis R Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence is here to help you manage the condition.  


What Is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an age-related condition where the eye experiences gradual loss of its ability to focus on nearby objects. Presbyopia often shows up in patients with a history of hyperopia (farsightedness) but can also occur in those with myopia (nearsightedness).

With presbyopia, farsighted symptoms begin to creep into a person's life, but differently than hyperopia. Presbyopia occurs because the lens portion of the eye stiffens over time, making it harder to see things close up and do close work, such as reading small print and performing tasks around the house. Whereas hyperopia is caused by your eyeball being shorter than normal or your cornea being curved too little. It's important to understand that presbyopia and hyperopia are different because presbyopia cannot be managed with store-bought reading glasses.

What Are The Symptoms of Presbyopia?

Patients often experience difficulty reading small print with presbyopia. Objects closer to the person's face will appear blurry. If you are over 40 and are experiencing an increase of eyestrain or headaches, it's essential to schedule an eye exam for an eye exam. These symptoms are often caused by the development of presbyopia.

What Treatment Is There For Presbyopia?

We can test for presbyopia during your next eye exam at our Lawrence office. A thorough analysis of your current condition will help us narrow down the best treatment options for you.

If you have myopia and recently developed presbyopia, we can prescribe bifocal or multifocal lenses to help you see both close-up and far away. We also offer progressive lenses that are similar to bifocals and trifocals but have a gradual transition between the prescriptions. If you only have presbyopia, we can prescribe reading glasses that are stronger than over-the-counter ones.

We can also provide patients with contact lenses to manage their presbyopia. Contact lenses provide a natural look without having to deal with managing eyeglasses. However, eye exams can also reveal whether certain contact lenses work for your eyes. We can test to see if bifocal or monovision contact lenses are a good fit for you.

Contact Us for Eye Care from Our Lawrence Optometrist

Presbyopia is almost unavoidable for those over the age of 40. That's why it's essential to have regular eye exams to maintain optimal vision. Our optometrist is committed to providing patients in and around the Lawrence area the eye care they need. For more information on eye care and presbyopia, contact our team at Curtis R Anderson, O.D. to set up your appointment.