Presbyopia Treatment in Shreveport, LA
Presbyopia is a condition which often occurs as a part of getting older. It’s similar to hyperopia because both cause “farsightedness,” where up-close vision becomes blurry; however, presbyopia has a different cause than hyperopia.
Presbyopia is often discussed alongside “Refractive Errors,” conditions that make eyesight blurry at certain distances. These include hyperopia, myopia (nearsightedness), and astigmatism. They can all be temporarily corrected with eyewear, but presbyopia may require a different approach than these other conditions.
What Causes Presbyopia?
In a healthy eye, two parts of the eye work together to focus vision: the cornea, which is the front layer of the eye, and the lens, which is a clear and flexible tissue right behind the pupil. Together, they aim light onto the retina, the structure in the eye that sends images to the brain.
While the refractive errors listed above are caused by problems with the cornea, presbyopia is farsightedness caused by the eye’s natural lens losing flexibility. Because the lens can’t bend as much as it needs to, light gets focused on some point behind the retina, which makes nearby objects appear blurry.
In most cases, the eye’s natural lens becomes less flexible naturally, as the eye ages. This usually starts to happen around age 40 and can also be an early warning sign for cataracts. This is also the reason so many people require reading glasses, or “readers,” as they get older.
The Problem in a Nutshell:
- Near vision is blurry
- Distance vision has no issue
- The eye’s natural lens has lost its flexibility with age
Presbyopia Treatment at Lusk Eye Specialists
Eyewear can counter the effects of presbyopia, but we’ve found over our many years in the vision industry that our patients are much happier with permanent solutions that free them from the costs and dependence associated with glasses and contacts. Our surgical team, led by James E. Lusk, M.D., Bryan E. Lusk, M.D., and Jeffrey D. Lusk, M.D., has decades of experience between its eye surgeons and is committed to using advanced surgical technology to provide clearer eyesight to thousands of patients with presbyopia. Our surgeons are among the most prestigious eye surgery providers in the Ark-La-Tex.
We can treat presbyopia with:
- LASIK: The most popular laser eye surgery, which can balance out the effects of presbyopia
- PRK: An alternative form of LASIK which is a better fit for some patients’ eyes
- RLE/CLE: A procedure to replace the eye’s natural, aged lens with a vision-improving “intraocular lens,” or IOL; this also prevents cataracts from developing later
- Eyewear: We’re able to offer presbyopia-specific glasses and contacts
You don’t have to accept presbyopia-based vision loss as a part of life. We’re ready to help you understand your options and find the best presbyopia solution for your eyes and lifestyle. Call Lusk Eye Specialists at (318) 284-5550 or schedule an appointment to reclaim your eyesight!