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Can aging eyes lead to presbyopia?


Dr JB Singh
Dr JB Singh
4 min read

As you grow older, your vision gets a little distracted. Sometimes you may need to wear glasses but you are unaware of the underlying cause for your troubled vision.

Presbyopia is an eye condition when patients are less able to focus on objects that are up close. The treatment for presbyopia includes reading glasses or progressive lenses. It is the most common eye condition that makes the surface of the eye dry and irritated. Further, you may experience redness and burning sensation as well as tear up in your eyes.

It is counted as a natural part of the aging process. As you get older, typically around the age of 40 or 50, your lens of the eye changes naturally and the lens becomes more firm. It easily changes shape and zoom in on things. So, instead of a rubbery consistency, softness the lens of the eye becomes more firm.

Presbyopia treatment options

Presbyopia cannot be treated by LASIK; its variations allow you to be less dependent on glasses. In this, the dominant eye is corrected for distance vision, while less-dominant eye remains untreated because a mild nearsighted eye does not require glasses all the time and it mostly used for surgical correction of presbyopia.

2. PRK
It is also known as photorefractive keratectomy and it is best suited for the patients who have a very thin cornea.

3. Corneal Inlays
Instead of removing tissues in the eyes, corneal inlays add these tissues and further in the procedure an implant is placed in the weaker eye. This is called as mono-vision treatment that allows the dominant eye to preserve its distance vision.

4. RLE
RLE, popularly known as refractive lens exchange treatment is mostly used for the patients with presbyopia. To improve the vision, the lens is replaced with the help of IOL. For cataract patients or those with the cloudy lens, this lens replacement procedure is a better treatment option.

Natural Treatment for Presbyopia

To keep your eyes healthy, you need to adopt natural treatments. It is possible that no one understands your daily battle with vision better, start making a responsive effort to pay attention to your eyesight.

1. Daily Eye Exercises
Daily Eye Exercises

They are easy to perform no matter where you are. Make it a habit to perform a quick eye exercise every day before grabbing your morning coffee or even in the mid-afternoon when you experience an eye strain.

2. Drink Green Tea
Daily drinking green tea will fight diabetes & heart disease to protect the lens and retina from being damaged.

3. Keep Blood Glucose in Check
Your chances of acquiring cataract increases if you have high blood sugar.It may damage your arteries and blood vessels that can lead to diabetic retinopathy.

4. Vitamins

There are many eye health supplements like vitamin A, vitamin B, zinc, bioflavonoids that can help in significantly improving your vision problems and strengthening your eyesight.