Presbyopia is the progressive loss of your near or reading vision. While presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process, those with diabetes face an increased risk of developing premature presbyopia.

The ophthalmologists at California Retina Associates specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the retina, including diabetic eye disease. Our goal is to restore clear, crisp vision so you can live life to the fullest.

If you’re experiencing vision problems or you have diabetes and it’s time for your regular eye exam, please call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule your appointment; with two offices, our retina doctors welcome patients from the greater San Diego area.

What Causes Presbyopia?

To perceive images clearly, the eye focuses light via the cornea and the lens onto the retina. During youth and early adulthood, the lens is soft, elastic and able to change shape to bring nearby and faraway objects into focus. With age, the lens gradually begins to thicken and harden, which prevents it from changing shape to appropriately focus on objects that are close.

This causes nearby objects to appear blurry and leads to headaches and sensations of eye strain as presbyopia worsens. Most people notice signs of presbyopia in their early to mid-40s, although individuals with diabetes may develop presbyopia sooner.

You should consult with an ophthalmologist if you experience difficulty reading or engaging in close work such as sewing, or if blurred near vision impairs routine activities. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to undergo regular vision exams to address potential vision problems like presbyopia and diabetic retinopathy at their earliest stages.

Presbyopia Treatment

The presence of presbyopia can be confirmed with a routine eye exam, and there are a number of treatment options depending on the severity of your condition and your overall health. Though there is no way to stop the aging process, there are ways to work around presbyopia and see clearly.

In many cases, corrective lenses can be used to compensate for your eyes’ inability to focus with clarity on objects that are close. Some patients may benefit from bifocal or trifocal lenses. Reading glasses can be worn for reading, using a smartphone and performing other up-close tasks.

There are also surgical options for presbyopia, including refractive surgery to reshape the cornea. Laser eye surgery to achieve monovision is a viable option; the ophthalmologist shapes the cornea in one eye for clear far vision and fixes the cornea in the other eye for clear near vision. The eye eventually learns to adapt between the two eyes for a full range of clear vision. Another option is the placement of intraocular lens implants that enable clear vision and sharp focus on objects at all distances. Your retina specialist will discuss your treatment choices with you in detail based on your individual needs.

Contact Our San Diego Presbyopia Treatment Team

If you suffer from vision problems, or if you have diabetes and it’s time for your eye exam, please contact California Retina Associates today. Our ophthalmologists welcome patients from the greater San Diego, California areas.