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Presbyopia Treatment in Chicago, IL

Treatment of presbyopia is possible; however, it depends on an individual's exact refractive error and overall eye health. If specific criteria are met, surgery for presbyopia may be a great option to help lessen dependency on reading glasses or bifocals. Vision loss over 40 is a common occurrence, and presbyopia surgery may be an appropriate option for you.


What Is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an eye condition in which reading and/or close vision tasks become difficult. Often referred to as age-related farsightedness, presbyopia is a very common eye condition in people over 40 but is not limited to this age group.

The decrease in near vision caused by presbyopia results from the crystalline lens inside the presbyopic eye becoming more rigid and less flexible as we age, resulting in difficulty focusing on near tasks like reading. To avoid the inevitable eye strain caused by presbyopia, individuals often have to hold items and reading materials farther away from them to see or read clearly.

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Presbyopia Symptoms and Signs

Due to the inability to focus on near tasks, people with this age-related eye condition can experience several of the following symptoms in addition to the obvious reading difficulties:

  • Ocular strain;
  • Headaches, often severe;
  • Fatigue;
  • Blurred distance vision after prolonged reading;
  • Need to have increased lighting to read small fonts;
  • Need to hold objects further away to see them;
  • Need to wear reading glasses or add a bifocal to distance glasses.

Age-Related Presbyopia Treatment Options

After a presbyopia diagnosis, the questions that often arise are: What are the treatments for presbyopia? Is there a presbyopia cure? Is presbyopia surgery for me? And are there presbyopia therapies?



The aggravation of relying on reading glasses or bifocals to see up close may lead you to ask, “Can I have laser eye surgery for presbyopia?”. The simple answer is maybe. If you are only presbyopic, then LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) may not be an option.

However, a patient could be a candidate for monovision surgical correction. With monovision LASIK, you would treat only the dominant eye, leaving one eye capable of seeing far and one near. Not everyone is a candidate for monovision LASIK for presbyopia, and it's best to come in for a consultation to determine if this is an option for you.



As with LASIK, PRK may also be an option to treat presbyopia. Much like the LASIK procedure, the success of PRK in treating presbyopia will depend greatly on the patient's overall corrective error or prescription. PRK for presbyopia may be a great option to help lessen one's dependency on corrective lenses. Scheduling a consultation with your doctor would determine whether this laser eye treatment for presbyopia is appropriate for you.

Lens Implants

Lens Implants

Ophthalmologists sometimes perform a procedure in which they remove the lens in each eye and put it in a synthetic lens (artificial intraocular lens). A presbyopia treatment lens can provide the potential to see things near and far away. However, patients might still experience some decline in the clarity of their near vision and may eventually have to wear glasses.

Non-Surgical Presbyopia Treatment

Non-Surgical Presbyopia Treatment


If you have prescription corrective lenses because of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, your options for presbyopia management include:

  • Prescription reading glasses: Used only for reading;
  • Bifocals: Glasses with two distinct optical powers. The top of a bifocal lens is for distance vision, and the bottom is for near vision;
  • Trifocals: The lenses of these glasses contain corrections for near, intermediate, and distant tasks;
  • Progressive multifocals: Unlike trifocals, these progressive lenses do not have any visible horizontal lines and instead have various powers for correcting focus at different distances — distance, middle distance, and close-up;
  • Office progressives: Lenses that provide corrections for both computer-distance viewing and close-up work.


If you had excellent vision before developing presbyopia, you may be able to wear over-the-counter reading glasses. Various magnifications between +1.00 and +3.00 diopters are available for nonprescription reading glasses. To determine which strength is right for you, simply experiment with the lower-power spectacles first and go up until you discover the pair that allows you to read easily at the desired distance.

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Just like glasses, contact lenses are another form of presbyopia therapy that can help you see better:

  • Bifocal contact lenses: Two distinct focal points, typically near and far, to help you see more clearly. They are available in soft, or hard materials;
  • Multifocal contact lenses: Can have more than two focal points, including an intermediate area about three feet away from the eye;
  • Monovision contact lenses: One eye is outfitted with a lens designed to help you focus on objects at a distance, while the other eye has a lens to aid in near vision;
  • Modified monovision contact lenses:  With modified monovision, you wear one lens in one eye for either near or far vision and a multifocal lens in the other to see at all distances.

The first step in your quest to eliminate your presbyopia is to come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kraff. During this visit, several measurements and a comprehensive discussion of your goals will be taken. After a review of all this information, Dr. Kraff will determine the safest option for you.

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If you're ready to treat your farsightedness and be less reliant on contacts or glasses, schedule your no-cost consultation with Dr.Colman Kraff today!

Test for Presbyopia

How We Test for Presbyopia & Diagnose

A comprehensive eye exam can provide a diagnosis of presbyopia. Patients undergo various eye tests, such as reading a card of varying-sized letters at varying distances with multiple lenses to determine the proper correction for clear sight.

We recommend eye exams every:

  • Five to 10 years under the age of 40;
  • Two to four years between the ages of 40 and 54;
  • One to three years between ages 55 and 64;
  • One to two years, beginning at age 65.

The refraction assessment is an essential part of the exam, looking for signs of astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, as well as any indications of presbyopia.

Presbyopia Causes

Presbyopia Causes

For most people in their 40s and 50s, presbyopia results from the natural age-related loss of near vision.

Common causes of blurred vision include:

  • Thinning of the eye's natural lens;
  • Loss of elasticity in muscle fibers that help the eye focus;
  • Changes in shape or curvature of the eye's lens;
  • Decrease in the amount of water in the eye's lens that provides nourishment to the lens;
  • Damage to the eye's nerve fibers that focus images.

Your eyes have a soft and flexible lens in the early stages of life. Because of this, when you switch your vision from something far away to something close-up, the lens can adjust its shape easily.

Now, as you age, your eye's lens grows in layers, like an onion. This thickening makes the lens less flexible, preventing light from focusing correctly on the retina and causing presbyopia (blurry vision).

Presbyopia affects everyone eventually, regardless of how good their close-up vision was previously. It's an unavoidable part of aging, and anyone who lives long enough will need treatment for presbyopia.

Age-Related Farsightedness Risk Factors

One of the most common risk factors for age-related farsightedness is being over 40 years of age. However, presbyopia can appear in younger people, a condition called premature presbyopia, caused by various factors, such as having farsightedness or taking certain medications, such as antihistamines or antidepressants. Furthermore, persons with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or cardiovascular disease are more likely to experience this reading vision condition than the general population.

Who Is a Candidate for Presbyopia Eye Surgery?

To determine if you are a candidate for surgery to correct your presbyopia and to be less reliant on glasses or contacts, it's best to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Kraff at the Kraff Eye Institute. With extensive experience in correcting presbyopia and treating all forms of refractive error, you will, without a doubt, leave knowing your best option.

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LASIK Cost in Chicago

How Much Does Presbyopia Surgery Cost in Chicago, IL?

The cost of surgery to correct presbyopia will depend on the type of surgery that will best achieve your desired outcome, with the greatest successes with the  least amount of risk. The type of surgery recommended will depend on many factors. Depending on the surgery recommended, the cost could range from $1900 to $2800 per eye.

Financial Options

Kraff Eye Institute has researched the best credit options and is proud to announce a partnership with CareCredit, America’s The Kraff Eye Institute offers convenient financing through Care Credit. The payment plan is 18 months, same as cash. You can discuss financing options at your complimentary consultation, and proceed with applying for financing at any time up until the day of surgery.

*The Kraff Eye Institute does not have any determination who is approved for financing, and who is not.

About Our Presbyopia Surgeon

Dr. Colman Kraff is the industry leader in the field of laser vision correction. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Kraff is committed to bringing the safest and most effective treatment options to his patients. Dr.Kraff uses the most up to date technology that is currently available, which contributes to the tremendous success rate his patients achieve.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have presbyopia and myopia (nearsightedness) simultaneously?

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Yes, it is very common for nearsighted people to experience presbyopia's effects if they are over 40. Your eye care specialist can update your lens prescription to correct for both nearsightedness and presbyopia effectively.

If I am already farsighted, will I develop presbyopia sooner?

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Perhaps, although being farsighted is one of the predictors of getting presbyopia prematurely, it differs from case to case. If farsightedness is significant, you may experience blurry near vision much earlier than 40.

How long does presbyopia surgery last?

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The duration of the results of presbyopia surgery is contingent on multiple factors, such as the type of procedure, the age of the patient, and the individual's habits. Vision clarity can last for over a decade for some people, to the need for reading glasses within a few years for others.

Can presbyopia be treated with eye drops?

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No, presbyopia cannot be treated with eye drops. It is a condition caused by aging of the lens in the eye and is typically treated with corrective lenses, such as glasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery.