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Refractive errors are among the most common reasons we people need help from an optometrist or ophthalmologist to achieve proper vision correction. Presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness, is one of these errors. The others are hyperopia (regular farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. While any of these warrant a trip to see your eye doctors in Phoenix, the condition of presbyopia is a little different.
Presbyopia is different because it is directly related to the aging process. The word, translated literally, means "old eye" in Greek. In order to see clearly, your eye's lens, below the colored iris of your eye works with the retina by shining light on it, making sight possible. In order to do this, the lens needs to be flexible and soft, as we age, however, a lot of that flexibility begins to waver, and along with it our near vision. Normally, the process begins after age 40. This is different from what happens with regular farsightedness, which is caused by an irregularly shaped eye.
In most cases, presbyopia is corrected through the use of eyeglasses, or if nearsightedness is present, as well, bifocals or trifocals. Unlike other refractive errors, presbyopia doesn't respond to traditional corrective surgery, such as LASIK, and many older adults with the condition find they need reading glasses.
Those who are especially bothered by presbyopia may also want to consider options such as corneal inlays- tiny lenses implanted in the cornea, NearVision CK, a procedure that uses radio frequency to reshape the cornea, and Monovision LASIK a variation of traditional lenses for those who have other refractive errors in addition to presbyopia, refractive lens exchange, a procedure similar to cataract surgery.
Aging eyes can be difficult to deal with, not only because of presbyopia, but because of other age-related conditions including the development of cataracts, or age-related macular degeneration. In order to find the right solution for you, it is important to seek assistance from eye doctors in Phoenix that can help you with your specific needs.
At Eye Doctors of Arizona, located in Downtown Phoenix, North Phoenix, and the Biltmore area, you'll have your choice of seeing an optometrist or one of our three ophthalmologists who can help you manage your condition while keeping an eye out for any other problems that may surface down the road.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 602-257-8280.