Today, it is common to find so-called reading glasses on the shelves of any large area. Reading glasses are usually recommended for people who suffer from tired eyes or presbyopia, but is this recommended?

Do we know how to choose the most appropriate glasses? We try to answer these questions below, but first we need to have the knowledge of eye strain: symptoms, treatment and prevention.

What Is Eye Strain?

With such a name, it might seem that the eyes get tired from using it so much, but nothing could be further from the truth. The eyes are prepared to be seeing all the time we are awake.

The eyestrain or presbyopia is the loss of sharpness of the near vision due to the decrease in the focusing ability of the eye. It is a problem associated with age and affects everyone to a greater or lesser extent.

Reading Glasses, Are They Enough?

If the person does not have any other visual problem apart from presbyopia, glasses to see closely may be enough, but in no case should they be purchased without consulting an ophthalmologist first to confirm what our problem is and what prescription we should use.

Things get complicated if, in addition to eyestrain, the patient already had myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism and needs correction. In these cases, progressive lenses are necessary, which are much more expensive and to which not all people adapt.

Surgery For Presbyopia

There is a much more comfortable way to treat presbyopia that also allows us to free ourselves from other refractive problems. There are two surgical techniques to treat eyestrain:

  1. Laser Surgery

This gives us the option of correcting presbyopia using the combined vision technique. This procedure is similar to the one used to correct other refractive problems and consists of enhancing the specialization of one eye in far vision and the other in near vision. This process also allows us to free ourselves from other refractive problems that may exist in the same intervention.

  1. Implantation Of A Pseudophakic Intraocular Lens

This is an intervention similar to the one done to treat cataracts and consists of replacing the lens, which no longer does its job, with aa latest generation multifocal lens. This lens also allows us to correct other refractive errors, so in any case, we can free ourselves from the glasses.

Both treatments for presbyopia are ambulatory and allow rapid recovery. The ophthalmologist is the one who decides which technique is best suited to the needs of each patient, according to the characteristics of their eye.