If you need reading glasses, it may be because you have presbyopia – a naturally occurring loss of near vision that affects millions of people everyday. Like grey hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is considered a normal part of the aging process. Nearly everyone will experience presbyopia and the first symptoms usually occur between the ages of 40 – 50. However, the ability to focus on near objects declines throughout life, and generally levels off near the age of 60.
Presbyopia is believed to be caused by the gradual loss of elasticity, or flexibility, of the eye’s natural lens. As we mature, the natural crystalline lenses in our eyes become firm, enlarged, and will lose flexibility. This will decrease the ability of the crystalline lens to vary its shape for different ranges of focus. A sure sign of presbyopia is when you cannot read without holding the item far away from you. At this point, most people begin using reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocal lenses. Other options, aside from glasses and contact lenses, are Monovision iLASIK and Crystalens.
With Monovision iLasik, you can have great vision without glasses or contact lenses. The way this procedure works is that one eye is corrected for near vision and the other eye is corrected for distance vision. The brain figures out which eye to use and when. This procedure only takes minutes, is computer driven and virtually painless. It uses space-age laser technology to reshape your cornea to correct the imperfections in your eye.
Crystalens is the state-of-the-art replacement lens for cataract patients that is designed to move, or accommodate, and thus allow the eye to focus on objects near, far and all distances in between seamlessly. Crystalens has the ability to focus like your eye’s natural lenses did when you were younger.
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Clinical Trial
Dr. Olkowski is one of a select group of doctors who are now evaluating a 15-minute outpatient procedure designed to improve near vision and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The procedure uses the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, a clear circular implant — like a tiny contact lens — that is implanted just beneath the surface of the eye. It is 2 millimeters in diameter (the size of a pinhead) and less than half the thickness of a human hair. The lens is designed so that it cannot be seen or felt once in place. This procedure is still in the process of being FDA approved.
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