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As an individual nears the age of 40, their near eyesight typically begins to blur. This change in vision is called presbyopia, and it reduces the ability to see objects that are too close. Presbyopia is a perfectly natural, extremely routine part of the aging process. It develops because as we age, certain parts of our eyes just begin to become hardened. Almost everyone, even individuals who have had 20/20 vision their whole lives, might start to discover that they need to situate books or other objects at arm's distance to see them. Some may also suffer from migraines or eye strain from tasks that never bothered them before. At his practice in Bloomington, MN, world-renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu offers some great options to enhance your eyesight if you have age-associated vision problems. If you believe you might be experiencing presbyopia, stop by for a visit at Chu Vision Institute so we can get you back to your best vision.
Symptoms of Presbyopia
Men and women who have begun to be presbyopic will often first notice that they can no longer see items that are close up as well as they once did. One obvious indication of presbyopia is discovering you have to position objects away from the eyes in order to read them. A further sign is getting headaches or eye fatigue after near-vision-intensive activities, such as writing or using a computer, that never used to cause them. Also rather common is the mistaken belief that the unclear vision is caused by dim lighting. Presbyopia usually begins to show up at around the age of 40, and its symptoms can get more pronounced.
what causes vision loss?
While almost all refractive visual impairments are the result of shortened or lengthened eye shape, age-related vision impairment is not. The proteins that are part of the lens of the eye are affected by age, primarily after a man or woman turns 40 years old, causing the lens to thicken and lose elasticity. Age also takes a toll on the muscle fibers surrounding the lens. They slowly grow weaker and less pliable. Therefore, it is harder for the lens to change shape, which is necessary in order to focus. Each of these changes to the lens continues naturally with age. Therefore, presbyopia slowly becomes more noticeable over time.
"Where to even begin. I had been eagerly anticipating laser vision correction for at least 5 years but life continued to get in the way. I finally was in a position to move forward and found Dr. Chu and his practice upon moving to MN. I honestly do not have the words to express how thoroughly satisfied I am and continue to be with the entire experience. From the initial evaluation to the expert guidance, seamless follow up appointments, excellent communication, wonderful and friendly staff, truly knowledgeable physicians and providers who take the time to answer your questions, I could not be more pleased. I had initially wanted to have SMILE performed but, through the counsel of Drs. Heckman and Chu, underwent ASA with phenomenal results (and the vision continues to sharpen daily which is such an amazing thing to experience). Dr. Chu was able to take my vision from 20/500 (mostly from extremely severe astigmatism with coincident myopia) to 20/20. Most importantly, I was seeing 20/30 in my right eye the day following surgery and 20/20 by the 3-day follow up. At the risk of making this review too lengthy, I have to pay my respect not only to Dr. Chu's practice but to all the individuals who work there. From Dr. Hassan to Dr. Hampton, surgical intake nurses and all the techs, they legitimately made me feel like family. More than that, the work performed at this facility is second to none. I have already referred several colleagues for vision correction at Chu Vision. To top it off, Dr. Chu is honestly a stand up guy with some pretty amazing extracurriculars :) To anyone I may have missed, THANK YOU! Genuinely changing lives for the better. TL;DR - If you care about your eyes and want high-quality, complete care, look no further than Chu Vision. You will not be disappointed."- N.A. / Google / Aug 04, 2022
"I’m absolutely astounded at how instantly my vision was improved! I’ve gone from needing glasses for everything to having 20/20 vision again! I’m rather hesitant when it comes to needing anything medical. And now I want to tell everyone how incredible Dr Chu and his team are. From the folks helping to check you in to the kind and caring support on each and every visit, this has been my best experience EVER! Thank you to Nic, Asha and the research team, to all the Drs and the surgical team and to Dr Chu for believing in making a difference For ALL your eye needs, big or small, there is only one place you want to be. Chu Vision institute. Best decision I have made."- S.K. / Google / Sep 09, 2022
"This staff is absolutely amazing!!! They talk to you as a human and take the time to explain what they are going to do. They spend time answering questions and concerns. Dr. Chu and his team…I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. They genuinely care, and you can hear it in their voices. I was nervous, and as an adult male that can be….belittling…but they were amazing! They actually pumped up my confidence. I will never go anywhere else for my eyes. I plan on scheduling all my appointments with them. Give them a chance, they will not disappoint. I heard it in the waiting room, everyone was happy and appreciative. Thank you all for making my life better!"- B.J. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Dr. Chu did a wonderful job with my SMILE procedure, taking my -5.75 and -6 prescriptions to 20/20. My results are amazing, yes... but I think that being as nervous as I was, the thing that really made this experience phenomenal was the care that Dr. Chu, Dr. Heckman, and the whole team provided. I appreciate that they took the time to talk to me about all of my concerns before I scheduled my procedure - have really dialed in the actual day of your appointment so it's smooth and efficient and you always know what's going on and what to expect - and that they have continued to provide that level of care at every follow up appointment. I have always received such a warm welcome every time I have visited, and am grateful that they always find time to address any questions or concerns. PS - a special thank you to every technician I've been fortunate enough to meet at my appointments, you all provided such lovely, friendly conversation!"- N.M. / Google / Jun 28, 2022
"Can't speak highly enough about the results and experience I had with Dr. Chu and his team. After a Lasik procedure I have 20/20 vision. I was obviously a little concerned about having someone mess around with my eyeball with a laser... but the whole team at Chu Vision made me feel comfortable with the procedure and recovery and ensured I felt supported at every step. The procedure was a breeze - Dr. Chu has a great bedside manner and made me feel comfortable I was in good hands. Recovery was straightforward and it's now a full month that I've had great vision and not had to worry about corrective lenses. If you're considering refractive surgery with Chu, do it. My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner."- B.A. / Google / Aug 03, 2022
Diagnosis of presbyopia
We will have to perform a comprehensive eye exam to effectively diagnose presbyopia. Dr. Chu may also do a few vision tests to establish the degree of the condition and figure out the degree of correction you need. Since presbyopia is a vision impairment that is related to the lens of the eye, we might have to use special eye drops to dilate your pupils. This will enable our team to closely examine the inner parts of your eyes and look at how well they are functioning. Through these tests, he can tell you the best course of action for your particular case.
how is age-related vision loss treated?
Usually, people control their presbyopia with prescription eyeglasses with specially made lenses. Out of these particular lenses, bifocal and progressive lenses are the types most people choose. Progressive lenses do the same job as multifocal lenses; however, they look just like ordinary lenses, as they don't have any lines. They can provide corrected vision at many distances. Bifocal lenses usually have a line near the bottom that starts the part of the lens used for near vision. Both of these options can also be effective choices if you have other refractive vision impairments in addition to presbyopia. Some people with presbyopia like to only use reading glasses (commonly known as "cheaters") and remove them when they aren't doing up-close activities. There are also some surgical options that may possibly be effective in helping to correct the impact of presbyopia. Dr. Chu will be able to help you select the most effective form of vision correction for your needs and determine whether you could be eligible for certain surgical treatments.
FIGHT AGE-RELATED VISION LOSS
The worsening of near vision, especially in patients over the age of 40, is almost always a case of presbyopia. Presbyopia is a commonly occurring, age-related condition that's fully manageable with the right glasses or contacts. At Chu Vision Institute, our highly skilled team of eye care professionals can help you do away with the problems that come with reduced close-up vision. Get in touch with us today at our Bloomington, MN office for your comprehensive eye exam.
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