Frequently Asked Presbyopia Questions

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a condition resulting in the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus clearly on close objects. Reading glasses are often required to compensate for deteriorating vision at close distances.

Presbyopia FAQ Patel Eye AssociatesWhat causes presbyopia?

While we do know that nearly everyone develops presbyopia after age 40, the cause is unclear. The most commonly accepted theory for why presbyopia occurs is that the crystalline lens of the eye begins to harden as we age. As the lens hardens, the muscles that help the lens work also stiffen; therefore, the lens is less flexible and cannot adjust to viewing objects at different distances, specifically objects close-up.

What are the signs and symptoms of presbyopia?

If you are 40 or older, you may be noticing changes in your vision. Perhaps you must hold reading materials further from you in order to focus without blur, eye strain or fatigue. This is the classic sign of presbyopia.

Can presbyopia be cured?

There is no cure for presbyopia, though there are many treatments that can help you see more clearly up-close or when your eyes need to transition from near to distance work. Presbyopia treatment may include glasses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery. The only way to know which treatment will restore your best vision is to schedule a consultation with Edison ophthalmologists Dr. Hitesh K. Patel and Dr. Himanshu S. Shah . They will perform a very thorough examination and discuss all of your options.

Will I still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after treatment?

Even if you opt for vision correction surgery to restore your vision, you may still wear glasses or contacts. Individual results vary. Dr. Patel and Dr. Shah can help you design the best treatment course to suit your needs and your lifestyle.

Please contact our ophthalmologists in New Jersey today to schedule your initial presbyopia surgery consultation with Patel Eye Associates.  Serving all vision correction surgery patients in Edison, New Brunswick, and Middlesex County, New Jersey.

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