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Treating Presbyopia in Sandy for the Salt Lake City, Utah Area

Experiencing difficulties reading and being unable to focus well on nearby objects can be a very frustrating and cumbersome condition. Presbyopia is often the cause of diminishing near vision in people over the age of 40 and can be a substantial obstacle to overcome. However, Hoopes Vision has many options available to help patients improve both distance and near vision, including monovision, wavefront-optimized LASIK, conductive keratoplasty, and the new multifocal intraocular lenses. To learn more about presbyopia and the procedures performed to achieve better near vision, please contact our Sandy, Utah office for the Salt Lake City area's leading eye surgeons. Schedule an appointment at Hoopes Vision today.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia usually affects people nearing the age of 40 to 50, as they often experience changes in their eyesight. Many times, near vision slowly and steadily worsens to the point that people who already wear glasses find that they need bifocals and those who had not previously worn glasses need reading glasses.

Causes of Presbyopia

This diminishment of near vision is referred to as presbyopia, which is the hardening and increasing inflexibility of the eye's natural crystalline lens. Presbyopia is, unfortunately, a relatively common condition, as many Salt Lake City-area patients come into our practice with concerns about their worsening vision. As crystalline lenses age, they are often less able to get thicker or flatten out, actions that are necessary for focusing on nearby objects. The less the lens is able to stretch and flatten, the more difficult it becomes to see nearby objects clearly and crisply.

Symptoms of Presbyopia

People who are suffering from presbyopia often find themselves with a lost or diminished ability to focus on objects that are as close as an arm's distance away. Sufferers of presbyopia who have come into our practice in Sandy, Utah often cite blurry words and the need for brighter lights as common symptoms. Words and letters that were once easily read at arm's length and even closer distances typically become difficult to discern, and patients may also encounter headaches and fatigue due to the increased stress on their eyes.

Treating Presbyopia with Monovision

Patients who suffer from presbyopia often visit our Salt Lake City-area practice with questions about how to treat the condition. One of the most common means of offsetting the effects of presbyopia is monovision. Our surgeons in Sandy, Utah have gained extensive experience performing monovision LASIK surgery safely and effectively. Please contact Hoopes Vision to schedule a private, confidential consultation.

What is Monovision?

Monovision is a proven, effective way to deal with the effects that presbyopia has on eyesight. Whereas sufferers of presbyopia traditionally used bifocal glasses or contact lenses to improve near vision, the monovision procedure has become increasingly popular due to its effectiveness and its ability to make the use of corrective lenses unnecessary.

How is Monovision Achieved?

The procedure that induces monovision, as performed at our Sandy, Utah-area vision institute, is a surgical treatment that adjusts the dominant eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. Due to the fact that each eye is treated for a single type of vision, dependence on both near and distance corrective lenses is eliminated or at least reduced.

Consulting with your ophthalmologist can help you decide which method of acquiring monovision is ideal for your needs. Contact lenses, LASIK, and intraocular lenses have all been shown to help patients obtain monovision effectively.

How Monovision Helps Offset Presbyopia

The monovision procedure treats one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near sight. The brain will be able to use the one eye that is left slightly nearsighted for reading and closer vision while it uses the other eye for distance vision, thus reducing the need for both near and distance corrective lenses.

Treating Presbyopia with Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

In addition to monovision, presbyopia can also be treated with a procedure known as Conductive Keratoplasty, or CK. The CK procedure is a quick and safe vision correction procedure that uses radio frequency energy rather than a surgical blade or lasers. CK is an option primarily for patients with good distance vision, or who are mildly farsighted wishing to obtain better reading vision after age 40.

Conductive Keratoplasty treats presbyopia by steepening the cornea. The radio frequencies are used to perform a controlled shrinking of corneal tissue, which increases the overall curvature of the cornea. The CK procedure is minimally invasive, only requires anesthetic drops, and is painless. Contact Hoopes Vision today to learn if CK is the right procedure for you.

Treating Presbyopia with Multifocal IOLs

Multifocal intraocular lens implants, such as ReZoom™, ReSTOR®, and crystalens®, can be used to treat presbyopia in addition to cataracts. IOLs replace the patient's natural lens with an artificial multifocal lens that, unlike older monofocal lenses, has the ability to focus at near, far, and intermediate distances. The surgical procedure to implants multifocal IOLs can be a safe, effective alternative to the CK or monovision procedures. Contact Hoopes Vision to consult with one of our physicians to find out which procedure fits your needs.

The procedure is similar to that of cataract surgery and usually involves no stitches, patches, or injections. It is not necessary to have a cataract before having this procedure, just a desire to see better at both distance and near, and a clear understanding of the potential benefits, as well as the risks, involved. If one opts to have a multifocal lens implanted without the presence of a cataract, that patient can rest assured in the fact that, in the future, they will never develop a cataract.

Contact Hoopes Vision

Though presbyopia can keep a person from enjoying a worry-free lifestyle, patients can find a safe and viable means of correcting the eye condition at Hoopes Vision. To find out which treatment, including monovision, CK, and multifocal IOLs, will most effectively treat your presbyopia, contact our Salt Lake City area practice in Sandy, Utah today and schedule a free, no-obligation appointment.

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