ARMS TOO SHORT? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Are you over 40? Are you having problems seeing your cell phone and the tiny print on medicine bottles? That's the start of "presbyopia." What’s happening is that your lens, located behind the colored iris, has become gradually firmer as the protein inside breaks down. As a result, the tiny muscles around it are unable to change the shape as easily as before. The result is slower focusing at different distances. Almost everyone experiences this between the ages of 44 and 46 years-old to the point where they need do something about it.
What can you do? While you cannot stop the process but there are a number of strategies to allow comfortable reading. If you have very good distance vision without glasses or wear contact lenses, you may be able to get by with over-the-counter reading glasses. They come in powers from +1.00 up to about +3.00. At first, the lower powers are sufficient but you then need to gradually ramp up as you get older.
Another strategy is the use of bifocal glasses. With those you look through the top of the glasses to see far away and then look down to read. There are even bifocal contact lenses available. Another potential contact lens option is the use of "mono-vision" contact lenses. With this strategy we set one contact lens for distance vision and the other for near. Mono-vision also works well with LASIK vision correction.
Even though you may be able to get by with reading glasses off the rack, don’t neglect your medical eye care. Schedule an appointment so we can thoroughly evaluate your eyes assist you in determining the best reading option for you.
Dr. Mark German is an optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages and accepts most insurance plans. For more eye care information, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.