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Without Readers

Imagine using a drop to achieve comfortable near vision...all without readers. Vuity is the first in class drop approved by the FDA for blurry near vision. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bansal to see if Vuity is right for you!

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia, also known as age-related farsightedness, is common in middle age and usually leads to changes in vision after the age of 40. Unlike hyperopia or farsightedness, which is related to the shape of the eye, presbyopia is a natural part of aging. 

Presbyopia has also been called “long-arm sight” because people tend to stretch their arms as far as possible to read. Once presbyopia starts, it is progressive

Symptoms of Presbyopia

  • Blurred vision at a normal reading distance
  • Headaches or eye strain when doing things that require near vision
  • Having difficulty reading small print
  • Needing brighter lighting when reading or doing close work
  • Needing to hold reading material at an arm's distance to focus properly on it
  • Squinting to see clearly

What Causes Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an age-related process. Aging affects all parts of the body, including the eyes. As the lens in the eye ages, it hardens and becomes less flexible. Age related changes also affect the muscles surrounding the lens. With decreased flexibility of the lens, it becomes difficult to view things clearly when they are up close. Unfortunately, presbyopia cannot be prevented or treated by diet or lifestyle changes.

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Treatment of Presbyopia

One of the most common ways of treating presbyopia is with reading glasses. First, these may not have to be prescription strength, and you may only need these "readers" for certain tasks.

Other treatment options include:

Prescription Eyedrops

In late 2021 the FDA approved the first-ever eyedrop called Vuity™️ for treating patients with age-related blurry vision, which is presbyopia. In clinical trials, Vuity™️ improved both near and intermediate vision without affecting distance vision. 

Prescription Eyeglasses
  • Bifocals work for many people with presbyopia. Bifocals are eyeglasses with two different prescriptions in one lens. The top section corrects for distance vision, and the lower section helps you see objects up close.
  • Progressive lenses have three prescriptions in one pair of glasses. That allows you to see up close, intermediate distance and at long distances without requiring you to take your glasses on and off. They are sometimes called multifocal lenses. 
Contact Lenses
  • Multifocal lenses - These lenses have either a bifocal design with two distinct lens powers or a multifocal design like progressive eyeglass lenses. 
  • Monovision lenses - One lens helps you see objects at a distance. The other is for close-up vision. 
Refractive Eye Surgery

If you have never worn glasses or contacts, the prospect of needing readers or contacts to see close objects may be unappealing. 

Some people are not ideal candidates for contact lenses due to environmental conditions. Others are not able to wear glasses due to the nature of their occupation.

Whether comfort or occupation are a barrier to wearing contact or glasses to correct for presbyopia, there are surgical options available which include:   

  • Corneal Inlay
  • Monovision LASIK
  • Refractive lens replacement

Over 110 million Americans have presbyopia, and the number will continue to grow as younger generations age into their 40’s. As a result, the healthcare community continues to research and develop new methods for treating presbyopia.


While there are some exceptions, most Americans will experience some degree of presbyopia as they age. If you are finding it more difficult to read or perform up close work, your best option is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bansal. She will perform a comprehensive eye exam and will help you understand all your options for clearer vision.

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