Sometime around 40 years old, you get the talk.

The past year you’ve started pushing everything you read away from you. You decide to visit your eye doctor…

Many doctors tip-toe around the “B” word, but it doesn’t matter. You’re in the exam chair staring blankly, mind-wandering, wondering how you aged from a youthful parent to now being told you need to borrow your grandma’s bifocals.

Doctors don’t have time to go over all of your options

Doctors want to get to know you and provide you the best solution, but they’re also often time-constrained.

This leads to defaulting to giving you the standard of care treatments. That means what’s out right now and has worked “good enough.”

What’s this leave out?

Maybe there’s a creative solution to your specific problem or lifestyle. This takes into account knowing:

  • what you do at your job
  • how much time are you there
  • what’s your current prescription
  • what are your hobbies
  • where do you fall on the scale of preferring more freedom vs sharper vision?

Basically, when a doctor prescribes a bifocal or progressive glasses, they’ve fixed your problem. Their goal is to keep you from losing vision in permanent ways that can’t be corrected. Not necessarily making your day to day life better. Which brings us to…

First-world problem

There’s no question presbyopia is a huge problem. You can’t do your job at the computer or text your friends and family without feeling like your eyes had a workout at the end of the day. Or in the later stages, you can’t to those things at all without assistance.

It’s a daily forced slap in the face that you’re not 20 anymore.

But here’s why it’s a first-world problem: it can easily be fixed. No cure (yet… we cover future treatments for presbyopia), but it can be treated.

The goal of presbyopia talk

The goal of presbyopia talk is to go “outside of the box.” You know you can be treated with glasses, and maybe know there are contact lenses for presbyopia.

But many of these treatments aren’t ideal.

So here we gather to discuss:

  • current treatment options
  • eye doctor reviews of current glasses and contact options for presbyopia
  • creative ways to beat near vision fatigue (how I’d treat myself)
  • activity-specific presbyopia options (sports, work, etc)
  • future treatments, an eye doctors opinion on them, and how close they are to being approved
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