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Presbyopia; what is it and why do I have it?

Have you ever found yourself holding a menu or a book father and farther away to read it? The need for reading glasses is usually a sign of presbyopia.

Presbyopia is a common type of vision disorder that occurs as you age. It is often referred to as the “aging eye condition”. This disorder can result in the inability to focus up close, a problem associated with refraction in the eye.

Refraction is the bending of light as it passes through one object to another. Vision occurs when light rays are bent (refracted) by the cornea and lens. The light is focused directly on the retina, which is a light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina converts the light rays into messages that are sent through the optic nerve to the brain. The brain in turn interprets these messages into the images we see.

Presbyopia happens naturally in people as they age. The eye is not able to focus light directly on to the retina due to the hardening of the natural lens. Aging also affects muscle fibers around the lens making it harder for the eye to focus on up close objects. The ineffective lens causes light to focus behind the retina, causing poor vision for objects that are up close.

The eyes of a younger person has a lens that is soft and flexible, allowing the tiny muscles inside to easily reshape the lens to focus on close and distant objects.

Presbyopia is a condition in which your eye's lens loses its ability to focus at near distances. It's a common condition that can accompany cataracts. This aging of the eyes eventually effects everyone. If you have cataracts with presbyopia, the ReSTOR multifocal lens can correct both conditions!

This newest technology is a breakthrough lens for cataract surgery that lets patients see from near to far, to everywhere in-between – usually without glasses.

An innovative optical technology called “apodization” has been used for years in microscopes and telescopes to improve image quality. A similar technology has now been patented for use in intraocular lenses by Alcon, making the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR lens uniquely effective, especially when placed in both eyes.

Most multifocal lens patients find that they can read a book, work on the computer, drive a car – day or night – and play golf or tennis with increased freedom from glasses.

They're your eyes, and you have options, the multifocal lens is an advanced type of lens, but it may not be right for you. Talk with your surgeon about your lens options to see if this is right for you.

In choosing your cataract replacement lens, your doctor will take into account many aspects of your eye health and you will be asked to consider your lifestyle.

  • How much reading or computer work do you do?

  • What are your hobbies?

  • Do you often drive at night?

When your sight is compromised, your life is compromised. Fortunately, there's a very effective solution to cataracts with and without presbyopia.

Cataract surgery with the multifocal lens enables most people to see near, far, and everywhere in-between. Such improved eyesight immediately multiplies the possibilities in your life.

Passengers can become drivers again. Golfers can keep their eye on the ball and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Family celebrations, reading special birthday cards, looking at the sunset, seeing everyone's happy faces – none of it will be missed.

The simplicity of the cataract surgery procedure for patients and these life-changing results inspire many patients to choose the ReSTOR multifocal lens.

You only have cataract surgery once. You choose your surgeon and when and where your procedure will be performed. You also get to choose which lens implant YOU want.

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