As we age, the natural crystalline lens in our eye becomes less flexible. This lack of flexibility compromises the eye's ability to switch from one focal point (objects at a distance – driving) to another focal point (objects that are close – reading). This is called presbyopia.

The practical effect of this loss of flexibility in the natural lens of the eye is that we lose our ability to read or see close objects without reading glasses or bifocals.

View a video that illustrates this procedure.

Today, for people who have cataracts with or without presbyopia, there is a procedure to remove the affected natural lens of the eye and replace it with a lens that provides focused vision in all depths of field — near, intermediate and far.

Symptoms of presbyopia:

Causes of presbyopia:

Diagnosing presbyopia:

A comprehensive examination will include testing for presbyopia. Your eye doctor can conduct a refractive evaluation to determine whether your eyes focus light rays exactly on the retina at distance and near. A visual acuity test will determine your ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances. Your eye doctor will also check your eye coordination and muscle control, as well as your eyes' ability to change focus. All of these are important factors in how your eyes see.

Call the Lerner Eye Center today at 888-820-9600 or email us here to make an appointment or request more information.

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