Ahh…reading glasses…just the thought of them makes us feel older,
like we are falling apart in our mid-forties. Much of my time is spent seeing
patients who can no longer naturally see up close to answer the cell phone,
apply make-up, or read; and, with beach trips looming, being able to read
naturally while soaking up those rays is a must!
We all have or will experience the inability to read in our 40’s requiring the
need for reading glasses or, for those already wearing glasses, bifocals.
This condition is called Presbyopia.
The good news is, for those who prefer not to wear bifocals or
reading glasses, there are ways to restore our natural reading vision!
What is Presbyopia?
Within the eye, there is a flexible lens that allows us to “auto focus” on objects
at different distances. This lens is attached to thousands of tiny rope-like
strands called “zonules.” Small muscles pull on the zonules to change the shape
of the lens. These muscles fail as we age causing Presbyopia, or the inability to
naturally see at near.
There are excellent surgical options for treating Presbyopia. The two
most popular are Bifocal Implants (Refractive Lens Exchange with a multifocal
intraocular lens like ReSTOR) or monovision LASIK laser vision correction (one
eye corrected for reading and the other for distance). To learn more about
Velazquez by calling 205-991-2021 or visit us at