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Treating Presbyopia with Advanced Procedures

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that causes farsightedness, impacting patients' ability to read or see objects at a close range. Typically affecting patients over the age of 40, presbyopia develops in response to a gradual thickening and reduced flexibility of your natural lens. For over 30 years, Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo have been helping patients with presbyopia improve their eyesight, using advanced treatments such as conductive keratoplasty (CK) and Cystalens® intraocular lenses (IOLs). Our doctors can help you determine the best treatment for your needs by providing compassionate, individualized care at our El Paso, TX office.

What is Presbyopia? 

Presbyopia is a very common condition that can develop as part of the natural aging process. Over time, the lenses in your eyes become less flexible. Flexibility allows your eyes to focus properly, bending the light that enters your eye correctly onto the retina. As this ability diminishes, your vision can become less focused, and you may experience difficulty seeing objects at different distances. 

illustration of presbyopia and correction

Presbyopia can affect the elasticity of the eye, causing blurred vision close up and eyestrain.

What Are the Symptoms of This Condition? 

The symptoms of presbyopia are very similar to that of hyperopia, or farsightedness. While both conditions may have similar characteristics, hyperopia is caused by a misshapen cornea. You may be suffering from presbyopia if you are experiencing: 

  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Eyestrain or headaches after reading, sewing, or other activities that require near vision
  • The need for brighter lighting to engage in close-range activities
  • Difficulty focusing on objects at a close range 
  • The need to squint when reading

Our experienced staff can evaluate your eyesight to properly diagnose your condition. If we determine that you are struggling with the effects of presbyopia, our surgeons can provide the corrective care you need. 

Treatment Options We Offer 

Prior to treatment, one of our surgeons can conduct an in-depth consultation to evaluate your medical history, goals, and needs. Dr. Gulbas and Dr. Gallardo can provide two elective vision procedures that can treat presbyopia:

  • Conductive Keratoplasty (CK): Using an advanced low radio frequency energy tool, we can reshape the cornea without having to remove tissue. When applied, this energy causes the connective tissue within the cornea to shrink, effectively tightening and steepening the cornea. This allows light to enter the eye correctly, restoring your ability to focus properly. 
  • Crystalens: Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are typically provided to patients who have developed cataracts, but can also provide beneficial treatment to patients with presbyopia. Crystalens IOLs replace your natural lenses to enable your eye to function properly. During your procedure, we can insert an IOL into each eye through a micro-incision. 
At El Paso Eye Surgeons, our entire staff is committed to providing you with exceptional service, and we take pride in our ability to help patients significantly improve their quality of life.

While each of these procedures may be surgical in nature, they are typically considered virtually painless, as you will be provided with an anesthetic for comfort. Both Dr. Gallardo and Dr. Gulbas have performed these surgeries safely and effectively for many patients.

Restoring Your Vision

We want our patients to be confident that they are receiving the highest quality care from leading surgeons. At El Paso Eye Surgeons, our entire staff is committed to providing you with exceptional service, and we take pride in our ability to help patients significantly improve their quality of life. If you are experiencing vision impairment, contact us online or by phone at (915) 542-0279 to schedule a consultation. 

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