ARMS TOO SHORT? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
It is not uncommon for friends and neighbors to stop me at social events, after work or even while running errands and ask the same question: “What can I do to read now that I’m in my 40’s?” Almost everyone goes through this frustrating change of not being able to see close-up and far-away with the same pair of glasses around this time in their lives. This nuisance is caused by a degeneration of the proteins of the lens (located behind your pupil) causing it to harden over time. The tiny muscles that have served you so well for focusing since childhood cannot overcome this new challenge.
So what can you do about it? It’s all about trade-offs to find what works best for you. The options include glasses, contact lenses, LASIK or even cataract surgery. As for glasses, you can get one pair for distance and one for near or combine the two in a bifocal. Some patients are lucky enough to be able to see close up by just taking their glasses off.
As for contact lens options, there are bifocal contacts, monovision contacts (using one eye for near and the other for distance) or you can wear reading glasses over the contacts. If you like monovision, then you can replicate that with LASIK and avoid the hassles of contacts. Although monovision may seem like an odd alternative, don’t dismiss it too quickly as many patients do wonderfully with this option.
If you are ready for cataract surgery, there are bifocal implants that can help you eliminate the glasses altogether. You can even have those special premium implants without having cataracts but the upcharge is more. We can find which of the many options are best for you at your next exam.
Dr. Mark German practices with Dr. Martha Jay at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He specialized in hard-to-fit contact lens wearers and general eye care. Together, the three doctors offer comprehensive medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery, dry eye therapies, macular degeneration management, contact lens fitting and more.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.