What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia refers to normal age-related farsightedness, which usually becomes noticeable in the early- to mid-40s. Patients usually find they need to hold reading materials farther away to make images clearer. Patients may notice blurred vision, eyestrain and possibly headaches after reading. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and occasionally surgery can be used to correct the condition.
Causes of Presbyopia
Presbyopia occurs as the lens of the eye hardens and becomes less able to change shape to focus on close-up images. As a result, objects appear blurry. Age is the leading factor. Being farsighted or having diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and having some other types of disease increases a person’s risk of presbyopia earlier than age 40. Antidepressants, antihistamines, and diuretics are also associated with early presbyopia.
Symptoms of Presbyopia
Patients with presbyopia experience blurred vision at normal reading distance. They may hold their reading material farther away to make the letters clearer and experience eyestrain, headaches, or fatigue after reading close-up work.
Diagnosis of Presbyopia
Your doctor will review your symptoms and medical history. Presbyopia is diagnosed after an eye exam that typically includes a refraction assessment to diagnose nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia.
Treatment of Presbyopia
Presbyopia is not a disease but a normal part of aging that is easily treatable. In some cases, over-the-counter reading glasses can be used. If non-prescription glasses prove inadequate, your eye doctor may prescribe eyeglasses or contacts. Refractive surgery or lens implants might also be an option.
Regular eye exams are important to detect, monitor, and treat presbyopia. Your medical team at the Cizik Eye Clinic will develop a personalized treatment plan to help maintain and improve your eyesight.
What you can expect at the Cizik Eye Clinic
The Cizik Eye Clinic opened in 2007 and is located on the 18th and 19th floor at 6400 Fannin Street. It includes dozens of exam areas, multiple operating rooms, and laser suites equipped with the most sophisticated equipment available for patient care.
People travel from across the country and the world for treatment at the Cizik Eye Clinic, in part because our affiliation with the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth provides unmatched resources and expertise. Our friendly staff works diligently to make your visit pleasant and efficient, as we maximize patient flow through everything from routine eye exams to the most advanced eye surgeries.
Our physicians are faculty members at McGovern Medical School and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or are board eligible. At the Cizik Eye Clinic, we understand that the eye is a small part of a whole patient who deserves top-notch, comprehensive care in a cutting-edge facility.
At Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, we offer patients access to highly specialized eye and vision care. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-9400, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.