PresbyopiaExamination and treatment at DOmed
With increasing age, the elasticity of the lens (accommodation loss) decreases, resulting in a decrease in refractive power. The lens is then no longer able to adjust to different distances. Like other visual defects, presbyopia is diagnosed by an optician or ophthalmologist using a lens prescription test.
Age-related visual difficulties (presbyopia) are characterised by those affected having difficulty seeing close-up objects clearly. Reading small fonts in particular becomes increasingly difficult. Presbyopia is not an illness but is a normal process which affects everyone with age (from the age of approximately 45) – regardless of whether they had normal sight or suffered from visual defects previously. Presbyopia is due to the fact that the lens must curve in order to be able to see close-up objects well. This happens with the help of the ciliary muscle. However, with age, the lens becomes harder and stiffer. This means that the close-up range becomes further away. Presbyopia often affects long-sighted people earlier than those who are short-sighted.
Symptoms of presbyopia
The only symptom is that it becomes increasingly difficult to read newspapers and small text when close by. Distance vision remains possible without problems.
How can presbyopia be treated?
Usually presbyopia is corrected with reading glasses. Patients also suffering from other visual defects use bifocal glasses or progressive lenses, so that they do not need to constantly swap their different glasses for long and short distances.
Multifocal intraocular lenses which are implanted in the eye can compensate for both short- and long-sightedness, thus achieving independence from any sort of corrective glasses.
Treatment of presbyopia at DOmed
Here you will find online information on multifocal intraocular lenses.
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