Presbyopia, a very common condition among the older population, naturally occurs as one ages. It is the gradual loss of the eyes’ ability to see nearby objects clearly. People usually notice it in their early tomid-40s. It is a progressive condition that will worsen until the age of 65.
Fortunately, there are plenty of presbyopia treatment options in Singapore, including the following:
The most common presbyopia correction method, bifocal eyeglasses or those with progressive addition lenses (PALs), can help correct this age-related eye condition.
Bifocal eyeglasses have two focus points. The main part consists of a prescription for seeing in the distant, while its lower part contains the stronger near prescription, which one needs for seeing up close.
Similar to bifocal glasses, progressive addition lenses deliver a more gradual or balanced visual transition between the distant and up close prescriptions. The main difference is that they do not have visible lines.
You may also opt for reading glasses, especially if you do not like wearing glasses all the time. You only need to wear these when you perform work requiring up close vision.
Multifocal contact lenses come either in a gas permeable form or in soft lens materials. Monovision, a type of presbyopia corrective contact lenses, involves the use of a distance prescription lens in one eye, while the other holds a near vision prescription lens.
Many people suffering from presbyopia choose to undergo surgical procedures. One example is the surgery involving the use of radio waves to make the cornea more curved. This process increases the “plus” prescription in the eye, resulting in an improved near vision.
LASIK eye surgery is also very popular among presbyopia patients, as it creates monovision, wherein one eye undergoes correction for near vision while strengthening the other eye is for distance vision.
Treatment depends on the severity of your presbyopia, so consult an eye specialist as soon as you can, as this condition will only worsen without proper treatment.