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How to Improve Presbyopia Naturally

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As we age, our chance of developing eye diseases like presbyopia increases. You may notice your start holding things far away to read them, or you might squint to read smaller print. These are signs you could be developing presbyopia. 

Treatment for presbyopia is often limited to a new eyeglasses prescription or even surgery. These solutions can be helpful, but could there be a more natural way to help your eyes? 

What is Presbyopia?

When your eyes are healthy, they adjust to focus light on your retina. Light passes through our eye’s clear outer layer, called the cornea, through your pupil. Then, the lens focuses on your retina. Things can look blurry if the light doesn’t focus directly on your retina.

Your eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects as you grow older. If you’ve visited an eye doctor before, you may have heard of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). Presbyopia is also known as “age-related farsightedness” because both presbyopia and hyperopia make far-away objects appear clear and close-up things seem blurry.

Signs of Presbyopia

It’s important to know the signs of presbyopia so you can visit an eye doctor and get a proper diagnosis. Some signs include:

  • Holding objects like your phone farther away to read
  • Headaches after spending extended time on your computer
  • Needing brighter lights when reading a book
  • Having a hard time reading small print

Risk Factors for Presbyopia

As they age, your lens can become more rigid and lose its ability to flex and refocus light. When this happens, your eyes have trouble focusing light onto your retina. Once you turn 40, you run the risk of developing presbyopia. Though you could develop presbyopia earlier than 40 if you have:

Your eye doctor can diagnose presbyopia through an eye exam. There are a series of tests to check for presbyopia, including a refraction assessment.

Treating Presbyopia

Your eye doctor can improve your eyeglasses prescription, which is essential to see at all distances. Your doctor may recommend prescription reading glasses for seeing things up close or bifocal lenses that help with long and short-distance vision at the same time. Once your eye doctor confirms you have presbyopia, they’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan. 

Refractive surgery is a less common option to treat presbyopia. This type of surgery changes the shape of your cornea and mimics the effect of monovision contact lenses. But even after surgery, you could still need glasses to help you see up close. 

CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare offers Fort Worth an alternative treatment option for presbyopia. 

A woman tilting her head back as she is using eye drops to help improve her presbyopia

The Vuity Difference

Vuity is an eye drop for adults to improve close-up vision and maintain good eyesight at a distance. An active ingredient called pilocarpine shrinks your pupil size, which helps your eye muscles contract and improves your close-up vision. 

How to Use Eye Drops

Knowing how to use eye drops safely and effectively is essential to get the most out of Vuity and avoid injury. There are a few steps to remember when using eye drops:

  • Make sure your hands are clean and sanitized 
  • Tilt your head back and pull the skin below your eye
  • Look up and place the dropper over your eye
  • Squeeze the dropper slowly, so one drop comes out
  • Do the same thing with your other eye
  • Close your eyes and keep them shut for 3 minutes

Your eye doctor will likely recommend one drop per day. If you’re told to use multiple drops in each eye, wait 5 minutes before using Vuity a second time.

What to Expect from Vuity

Vuity is FDA-approved, and your doctor at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare can prescribe it to help improve presbyopia. Over time, you’ll notice some improvements in your close-up vision without sacrificing distance vision. 

You should store Vuity at room temperature; your medicine cabinet or a bedside drawer are perfect places to keep it. After opening, it’s vital not to use Vuity after the expiration date since you won’t get the same benefits. If your eye drops have expired, talk to your eye doctor about getting more.

Your doctor at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare can help you understand if Vuity is right for you. If you want to drop your reading glasses, or if you’re looking for a natural way to improve presbyopia, Vuity could be right for you. 

All Part of Your Eye Health

Whether finding the right treatment option for presbyopia, helping you overcome other conditions like dry eye, or getting a laser eye surgery consultation, we want you to feel supported throughout your eye health journey. Here at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare, our doctors combine years of experience with an atmosphere that’s hard to forget. When you visit us in Fort Worth, you can expect our dedicated doctors and staff to care about one thing: getting you the help you need when it comes to your eyes. Just read what our other visitors have said, and when you’re done, experience CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare for yourself.

Dr. Matt Barber of CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare

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Dr. Matt Barber

Dr. Matthew G. Barber began seeing patients at CHROMA in September of 2001. For over two decades, Dr. Barber has worked diligently to provide cutting-edge eye care to the people of Fort Worth and its surrounding areas while providing a warm and friendly environment for his patients. He wanted to give the community of Fort Worth something unique and special, and so CHROMA was born.

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