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.
"Bare with my lengthy review but if you’re like me, I wanted to know what others true thoughts were and I scoured as many reviews as possible to make sure I was making the best decision for me and my eyes. I am SO, SO thankful for Dr. Chu and Dr. Heckman’s expertise and honesty. I decided it was time to get Lasik and went in for my consultation. From check-in to my latest follow up, everyone at the Chu Vision Institute was friendly, warm, and helpful. Due to some past corneal scarring, Dr. Chu recommended that I get Lasik on one eye and PRK (ASA) on the other. I was extremely nervous about PRK because of the slightly longer recovery time and I really just wanted to wake up and have 20/20 vision like my friends who have had Lasik. The day of my procedure, they made sure I had all my questions and concerns answered before they let me in to have my surgery. That was extremely comforting to me and Dr. Heckman explained why PRK was recommended over Lasik. Simply put, I wouldn’t have had a good outcome if Dr. Chu had performed Lasik on both eyes. Both procedures went well and Dr. Chu confirmed his right decision during the procedure which took all of maybe 10 minutes for both eyes. As instructed, I went home and rested and could literally see 20/20 the next day with my Lasik eye. The PRK eye takes a little longer to heal but can already see better! (I was worried my blurry eye would affect my vision, but it did not). Recovery has been great and will continue to get better in the next few weeks. Now my husband wants to get his eyes done. Chu Vision Institute has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with my results!"- E.M. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"I had cataracts removed from both eyes. Dr. Chu and his staff were wonderful to work with. From the exam to the surgical procedure and recovery, everyone was very professional and pleasant . I had a perfect outcome and would highly recommend the Chu vision Clinic."- B.S. / Google / Oct 02, 2020
"I’ve been going to Chu vision for about three years now and and I’ve had excellent service each and every time. They follow me yearly for my dry eye condition. They are extremely thorough and take the time to answer all my questions. Highly recommend them."- C.S. / Google / Jul 31, 2020
"Exceptional. I felt like family as soon as I walked through the front door. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and my LASIK procedure went flawlessly. Like most folks, I did extensive research for months before my consult (word of mouth and online) I highly recommend Chu Vision for your procedure."- C.M. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"I want to thank everyone at Chu Vision for the remarkable care we received recently. The clinic has an immaculate protocol to prevent Covid exposure for all of its patients. One might think that all the masks would prevent a warm, caring environment but not at Chu Vision! To a person, everyone was warm and welcoming. Dr. Chu was terrific and extremely thorough. The clinic was able to assess my husband’s acute vision change using a remarkable variety of tests and tools. What would have taken weeks at another clinic took only hours at Chu Vision. We won’t ever go anywhere else. Thank you so very much!"- K.D. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2020
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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