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Presbyopia (Vision Loss in Patients of 40+ Years) Detection in Nashville, TN

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About Presbyopia

Once a man or woman reaches 40 years of age, their close-up vision typically starts to decline. This change in vision is known as presbyopia, and it impairs the ability to see things that are near the eyes. While nobody looks forward to vision loss, this is a perfectly normal part of the aging process. As we age, the lenses in our eyes start to become less flexible. Nearly everyone, even people who have enjoyed perfect vision throughout life, can start to discover that they have to hold food packaging or other items farther away to read them clearly. Many also develop headaches or eye strain from tasks that never gave them issues before. At our esteemed Nashville, TN office, our skilled team of eye professionals can talk to you about some great options to enhance your vision if you are experiencing age-related vision problems. If you feel you might be developing presbyopia, schedule a visit to Wang Vision Institute so we can restore your sharpest vision.

Presbyopia Symptoms

Men and women who have begun to develop presbyopia will typically first notice that they aren't able to focus on objects that are nearby as well as before. A familiar sign of presbyopia is noticing that you need to hold objects farther and farther away to be able to see them. Another notable symptom is getting headaches or aching eyes after near-vision-intensive tasks, such as sewing or using a computer, that never used to cause them. Also rather common is the mistaken belief that the blurred vision is caused by bad lighting. Presbyopia generally starts to develop at roughly the age of 40, and if neglected, its symptoms can become more pronounced.

Causes of VISION LOSS

Although most types of refractive visual conditions are caused by shortened or lengthened eye shape, age-related vision impairment is not. The proteins that help make up the eye's lens are impacted by age, especially after a person is 40 years of age, leading the lens to harden and lose elasticity. Age also affects the muscle fibers encircling the lens. These fibers eventually grow weaker and less malleable. This means it is more challenging for the lens to change shape, which it has to do in order to focus. Both of these changes within the lens progress naturally as we age, meaning presbyopia eventually becomes more advanced the older we get.

Diagnosis OF PRESBYOPIA

A member of our team will need to give you a comprehensive eye exam to effectively diagnose presbyopia. We may also perform a few acuity tests to establish the degree of the impairment and gauge the level of correction you need. As presbyopia is a condition that stems from the eye’s lens, we may have to use a certain kind of eye drop to increase the size of your pupils. The dilation will let our optometrists closely examine the inside of your eyes and see how well your lenses are functioning. By doing these tests, we can determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

Presbyopia Treatment Options

Most patients control age-related vision impairment using eyeglasses with specially made lenses. Out of these special lenses, progressive and bifocal lenses are the kinds used most often. Progressive lenses are basically multifocal lenses but look just like regular lenses since they don't have obvious lines. Progressive lenses can allow you to see at several distances. Bifocal lenses have a line close to the bottom half that demarcates the area used for short-range vision. Each of these lenses can also be great choices if you have one or more refractive vision impairments in addition to presbyopia. Many individuals with presbyopia prefer to just use reading glasses (often called readers) and remove them when they aren't using them for up-close activities.

Multifocal contact lenses can also be prescribed to achieve clear vision, and monovision contacts are a good choice for those who have developed both presbyopia and myopia. Plus, there are a few surgical procedures that can possibly be useful in reducing the impact of presbyopia. Our skilled optometrists will be able to navigate you toward the best form of vision management and determine whether you could be a candidate for specific surgical treatments.

FIGHT AGE-RELATED VISION LOSS

A reduction in vision, especially in men and women past 40 years old, is commonly identified as routine presbyopia since it's a naturally occurring, age-related vision impairment. Luckily for our many patients, it is easily manageable with the right lenses. At Wang Vision Institute, our amazing team of eye care professionals can help you ditch the frustrations of declining close-up vision. Call us today at our Nashville, TN practice to schedule your full eye exam.

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