Presbyopia Specialist

Advanced Vision & Achievement Center

Optometrists located in Phoenix, AZ

If you find yourself holding reading material at arm’s length because your near vision has blurred over time, you may have presbyopia. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center in Phoenix, highly skilled optometrists Neha Amin, OD, FAAO, and Mary Hardy, OD, offer a number of treatments for presbyopia, including corrective eyewear and referrals for LASIK surgery. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Presbyopia Q & A

Advanced Vision & Achievement Center

What is presbyopia?

With presbyopia, your eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. Presbyopia is often a natural part of aging, and it typically becomes more noticeable during middle age.

You might become more aware of presbyopia when you have to hold books at arm’s length to read them. Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy can diagnose presbyopia with a basic eye exam.

What are the symptoms of presbyopia?

Presbyopia develops over time, but you might notice certain signs and symptoms, such as blurred vision at a normal reading distance, and headaches or eye strain after reading or doing work close-up.

You might also notice your symptoms are exacerbated if you’re tired or are in an area with dim lighting. If this condition is getting in the way of your day-to-day activities, visit Advanced Vision & Achievement Center to determine the right treatment option. Furthermore, you may need emergency care if you:

  • Have sudden vision loss in one eye with or without eye pain
  • Experience sudden blurred or hazy vision
  • Have double vision

You might also have a more serious eye problem if you see black spots, flashes of light, or halos around lights.

What causes presbyopia?

When you look at an object from a distance, your eye muscles relax. And when you view something nearby, the muscles constrict, allowing the lenses of your eyes to curve and change their focus.

Presbyopia occurs when a lens hardens and becomes less flexible. Your lens can then no longer change shape to focus on close-up images. The result is images appear out of focus and blurry. Aging, certain medications, and certain medical conditions can make you more susceptible to developing presbyopia.

What are the treatments for presbyopia?

To treat your presbyopia, Dr. Amin or Dr. Hardy might recommend corrective glasses, contact lenses, or refer you to get refractive eye surgery, such as LASIK. Eyeglasses are a simple, stylish, and effective way to correct vision problems.

From prescription reading glasses to bifocals, trifocals, and progressive multifocals, the skilled team at Advanced Vision & Achievement Center can help you decide the right way to treat your presbyopia. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone.