Our vision changes a lot as we age – and those trusty reading glasses on top of our heads or tucked into a shirt pocket can work wonders to make what we see much sharper. But when it comes to the point when even the strongest pair of reading glasses are not as effective as they used to be, it could be time to consider other options.
“Even if you’ve always had 20/20 vision, that could change by the time you’re 40 or 50,” explains Dr. Paul Mann, Mann Eye Institute.
Dr. Mann says presbyopia usually starts in our 40s and 50s – the lens inside our eye loses it ability to change shape, and when that happens, we lose our ability to focus on things that are up-close.
“It’s a process that occurs over a number of years, so we pull things further away to see,” he says. “It’s a condition that happens to everybody as we age.”
Corneal inlays for better vision
While a healthy lifestyle is always beneficial and while reading glasses, contacts, bifocals and other corrective lenses are helpful, there’s a new kind of refractive surgery procedure called a corneal inlay that offers a more permanent solution.
“We can place a ring segment inside your cornea and center it over the pupil,” says Dr. Mann. “The procedure allows people to see up-close again, and it really doesn’t affect distance vision at all.”
The corneal inlay procedure also improves overall vision quality – such as addressing changes in the proteins that make up the lens, which become yellowed instead of clear as we age and make it harder to see clearly. It’ll also hel
p with lens opacity, contrast sensitivity, mild glare and more.
“Corneal inlays work like a camera to expand depth of focus for presbyopic patients,” says Dr. Mann. “It allows light to be focused on the retina, and it gives us an increased depth perception.”
Clearer vision with lens exchange
Another option is the clear lens exchange – another type of refractive surgery that involves replacing a dysfunctional natural lens with an artificial lens.
Mann Eye Institute offers a selection of Active Life Lenses – such as the Crystalens, ReSTOR IOL, Tecnis IOL or AcrySof Toric IOL – all of which give patients great results for improving both near and distance vision.
“We’re proud to offer an exceptional level of patient care, and we’re committed to staying ahead of the latest research in vision care,” says Dr. Mann.
For more information, contact Mann Eye Institute at 512-327-4123, or 1-800-MY-VISION, or visit the Westlake office at 2600 Via Fortuna, Suite 400.