Eye Surgery Options for Blurry Near Vision Caused by Presbyopia

blurry vision treatment TorontoOver time, you may experience progressive difficulty focusing on objects up close. This may initially begin with issues reading small print at close distances; in fact, you may notice that you must hold books and newspapers at arm’s length in order to read them. This gradual loss of the eye’s ability to focus is known as presbyopia. Glasses and contacts can address the issue, but surgery — either refractive lens exchange or monovision LASIK— is often an ideal solution for presbyopia. Continue reading to learn more about surgical options for blurry near vision.

Understanding Presbyopia

Blurry vision at close distances may be caused by presbyopia. The condition develops gradually and is caused by the hardening of the eye’s lens due to aging. When the lens becomes rigid, it cannot successfully change its shape to focus on objects that are up close, resulting in these images appearing out of focus. You may notice the following signs after turning 40:

  • Blurry vision at normal reading distances
  • Eye fatigue, eye strain, or headaches after reading or engaging in up-close work
  • A tendency to hold reading material at arm’s length to help with vision clarity

If these symptoms are preventing you from reading or participating in your normal activities, it is time to visit one of our eye care specialists who can explain your treatment options.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange involves the removal and replacement of the eye’s natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL contains a vision prescription for the treated eye to offer sharp vision once in place and functions the same as the eye’s natural lens. This surgical option is ideal for those 40 and older.

This treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure and usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Monovision LASIK

Monovision LASIK is a specialized LASIK technique that is performed to treat presbyopia. Where traditional LASIK treats both eyes to see far distances, monovision LASIK corrects one eye for distance vision, and the other for near vision. The dominant eye is usually the one corrected for distance, leaving the non-dominant eye for near vision. There may be an adjustment period as your brain gets accustomed to using each eye differently; however, if you are currently using monovision contact lenses, this procedure may be a great long-term option.

Blurry Vision Solutions at Bochner Eye Institute

If you suffer from blurry near vision due to presbyopia, there are surgical treatment options available to you at Bochner Eye Institute. These effective procedures can improve your vision and quality of life. Schedule an appointment by calling or emailing today.

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