Why do we need readers?
The word ‘presbyopia’ means ‘old eye’ in Greek. Dependence on reading glasses isn’t a question of if, but when. The flexibility of the lens in your eye allows it to change shape to focus on near, intermediate and far objects.
Over time, the lens slowly loses this flexibility. After the age of 40 the lens becomes more rigid and cannot change shape as easily. This causes the difficulty in reading and other close-up tasks. Leaving presbyopia uncorrected can result in eyestrain that causes headaches.
The good news is there are more possibilities now than there have ever been to function seamlessly despite losing your natural ability to see up close.
Managing the inevitable
Glasses are the most common way of dealing with presbyopia. Wearing reading, bifocal or multifocal glasses will most likely affect your lifestyle, particularly if you have never had to rely on glasses before presbyopia set it.
With modern procedures, surrendering to reading glasses is not your only option. Permanent solutions include PresbyLasik and Refractive Lens Exchange. PresbyLasik is similar to LASIK but blended vision is used to achieve near, intermediate and far focus. This can also be used as a top-up if presbyopia develops after you had LASIK years before. When you start to show signs of cataracts developing or are at a more advanced age then Refractive Lens Exchange might be a better long-lasting solution for you. The biggest advantage is never being reliant on reading glasses again