Our bodies change as we age. So does our vision. A common vision change that accompanies age is called presbyopia. This condition occurs when eyes gradually lose the ability to clearly see things that are up close. It often occurs in adults who are over 40.
Do you have more than 40 candles on your birthday cake? Have you noticed that you have difficulty reading fine print or focusing on other nearby objects? If you answered yes, then you may have presbyopia.
The only way to know for sure if you have presbyopia is to have it diagnosed during an eye exam. If you are diagnosed with presbyopia, your eye doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. Presbyopia treatment options include contact lenses, eyeglasses or conductive keratoplasty.
Here, our experienced ophthalmologists at the Mack Eye Center in Hoffman Estates explain how conductive keratoplasty can improve presbyopia.
What Are the Symptoms of Presbyopia?
As mentioned above, the only way to know for sure if you have presbyopia is to have it diagnosed during an eye exam. However, as you age you should look out for the symptoms of presbyopia, including the following:
- The need to hold reading material away from your eyes to make the letters clearer.
- Your normal reading distance is no longer normal for you. At your normal reading distance your vision is blurry.
- Close-up work is difficult. It can cause eyestrain, headaches or other frustrations. In addition to reading, you may notice difficulty while writing, sewing or doing puzzles.
- Dim lighting makes tasks more difficult.
All of the above can be symptoms of presbyopia. If you are diagnosed with presbyopia, your eye doctor will discuss your treatment options including conductive keratoplasty.
How Can Conductive Keratoplasty Improve Presbyopia?
You don’t have to live with presbyopia. Your vision can be improved with conductive keratoplasty. Conductive keratoplasty is a type of refractive eye surgery. Refractive surgery changes the shape of your cornea. The cornea is the clear front part of the eye that focuses light entering the eye.
Conductive keratoplasty utilizes radiofrequency energy to correct presbyopia. During the procedure, radiofrequency energy is used to apply heat to spots around the cornea. This heat reshapes the cornea by increasing its curvature and thus its focusing ability.
Contact Mack Eye Center for an Eye Exam
You deserve clear vision. If you have noticed vision changes then it is time to contact Mack Eye Center for an eye exam. Contact our ophthalmologists at Mack Eye Center today to schedule an eye exam.