Presbyopia is age-related changes in the way your eyes focus up close. Around age 40-45, your eye lens grows more rigid and loses some of its focusing power. As a result, light rays from nearby objects aren’t focused on your retina and you have problems with near vision.
Presbyopia typically causes problems with reading and other things you do close to your face. When you have presbyopia, moving something away from your face might help you to see it more clearly, but you might have to hold a book at arm’s length to see the words.
VUITY™ is the first and only FDA-approved eye drop to treat age-related Blurry Near Vision (presbyopia) in adults. This once-a-day eye drop provides several hours of improved intermediate and near vision, without compromising distance acuity. It is one of several options CLVC offers to treat presbyopia.
The most common way to treat presbyopia is using reading glasses, many are available over-the-counter. People with distance prescriptions can also benefit from a bifocal, trifocal, or progressive prescription that includes magnificaton for near vision. For those who cannot tolerate glasses, multifocal contact lenses are also available.
For those who cannot tolerate glasses, monovision contacts are available, which allows for one eye to see distance and another eye to see up close. This effect can also also be achieved with laser vision correction (e.g. LASIK) or cataract surgery. While most people tolerate monovision well, some complain of difficulty with driving or depth perception.
The best KAMRA candidates are patients in their 40s and 50s, who need reading glasses only or need distance correction as well as reading glasses. In these patients, LASIK plus KAMRA may be recommended. The doctors at CLVC will determine which procedure, if any, is right for you.