Presbyopia Care at Eye Specialists of Louisiana

An older woman sitting on her sofa with a coffee cup struggling to read her phone as she holds it out in an extended arm.

If you’re struggling to enjoy your nightly reading or find yourself zooming in while scrolling through your phone, it may be time to get your eyes checked for signs of changes due to aging. The truth is, you’re not alone. Nearly 80% of North Americans over age 45 live with presbyopia, an age-related eye condition that affects how you see things up close.

At Eye Specialists of Louisiana, we believe that staying on top of any new or worsening vision changes is key to detecting eye conditions, such as presbyopia, early on. So no matter where you are in your eyecare journey, we are here to help you see clearer sooner. 

Let’s explore presbyopia in more detail.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness, is an eye condition that occurs when your eyes slowly begin to lose focus on objects that are up close. 

The lens of your eye plays a vital role in how light focuses on your retina. It is typically one of the most flexible parts of your eye, but it becomes less flexible as you age. This natural condition affects everyone, resulting in difficulty focusing on objects at a close distance. 

Presbyopia typically starts around the age of 40 and worsens until about 65 years old. Most  people will eventually require some sort of help to obtain acceptable close-up vision.

A basic eye exam with refraction can diagnose this eye condition. Symptoms are often the first sign that you may require treatment.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of presbyopia is the gradual difficulty to see things, such as books, newspapers, or smartphones, up close. 

Other symptoms may include:

  • Eyestrain, especially after focusing on things up close
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Holding reading materials at a farther distance to see clearer
  • Squinting

Symptoms may seem elevated in dim lighting or when your eyes are more fatigued. 

Presbyopia Treatment

There is no cure for presbyopia, but there are various ways to treat it effectively.

The most common treatment for this condition is prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, more advanced glasses or contacts, such as bifocals or trifocals, may be needed in some cases. This is especially true for those who may already wear glasses due to other eye diseases.

Less common treatment options may include:

  • refractive surgery such as LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
  • Lens implants
  • Corneal inlays

Advanced Eye Care in Baton Rouge

To learn more about presbyopia, we encourage you to schedule an eye exam or appointment with us by calling 225-396-3132

Regular eye exams are the best way to stay on top of your eye health, especially as you age. Proudly serving the Baton Rouge area, our experienced eye care specialists are here to help you on the road to clearer vision today, especially if you are living with presbyopia.