Presbyopia Treatment

Presbyopia Treatment

Unlike a true eye disease, presbyopia is so common, it eventually happens to almost everyone who reaches old age to some extent. With age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects.

After age 40, it's common to start experiencing difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. To avoid straining their eyes, people with untreated presbyopia tend to hold newspapers, books, magazines, and menus at arm’s length in order to focus properly. For people with presbyopia, performing tasks at close range can sometimes cause eye strain, fatigue or headaches. 

Causes & Symptoms of Presbyopia

During our youth, the lens of our eye and the muscles that control it are flexible and soft, allowing us to focus on close objects and easily shift focus from close to distant objects. However, as the eye ages, the lens and the muscle fibers begin to harden, making it more difficult to see objects at close range.

As presbyopia is a natural result of the aging process there is not much that can be done to prevent it. The onset of presbyopia is not related to any other vision impairment you may have such as astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness. While everyone will notice some impact on their near vision focusing power as they get older, it will be more significant for some than others.

Presbyopia is characterized by:

  • Blurred near vision
  • Difficulty focusing on small print
  • Eyestrain, fatigue, or headaches when reading or doing work up close
  • Having to hold reading material or small objects at a distance to focus properly
  • Requiring brighter lighting when focusing on near objects
  • Presbyopia can be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam.

3 locations to serve you

Blink Eyewear operates no fewer than 3 convenient locations across Calgary. Our clinics in Creekside, West Springs, and Crowfoot are all outfitted with experienced optometrists and opticians, the latest optometry instruments, and a wide range of brand frames. Whether you are shopping for a new pair of glasses, getting an eye exam, or treating a severe eye condition, visit any of our 3 clinics for an eye-popping experience.

In addition to our physical stores, we also offer telehealth services so that you can ensure your ocular health from the comfort of your home!

Treatments for Presbyopia At Blink Eyewear


Surgical procedures are also available for the treatment of presbyopia. These include conductive keratoplasty (CK), monovision LASIK eye surgery, corneal inlays or onlays, or a refractive lens exchange (RLE), which replaces the hardened lens in the eye with an intraocular lens (IOL) similar to cataract surgery. Since presbyopia affects a significant number of people as they age, there is considerable research and development being undertaken to create improved options for presbyopes. Your eye care professional at Blink Eyewear would be happy to discuss the options that will work best for you.

Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses allow you to be able to view any direction – up, down, and to the sides – with a similar vision, giving you added freedom over glasses. Progressive lenses in glasses, on the other hand, require wearers to look over their glasses if they want to look into the distance or upward.

Another option for those who prefer contact lenses is monovision. Monovision uses your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near visions - splitting distance and near vision between your eyes. While you will typically use single vision lenses in each eye, sometimes the dominant eye will use a single vision lens while a multifocal lens will be used in the other eye for intermediate and near vision. This is referred to as modified monovision, and your eye doctor will be able to determine which type of lens is best suited for each eye and optimal vision.


Reading glasses or “readers” are basically magnifying glasses that are worn when reading or doing close work that allows you to focus on close objects.

Eyeglasses with bifocal or multifocal lenses such as progressive addition lenses or PALs are a common solution for those with presbyopia that also have a refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Bifocals have lenses with two lens prescriptions; one area (usually the upper portion) for distance vision and the second area for near vision. PALs also provide lens power for both near and distance vision but instead of being divided into two hemispheres (upper and lower), the lens power transitions gradually for viewing at different distances. PALs tend to be preferred by many individuals because unlike bifocals, they don't have a visible line across the lens.

Our Eye Treatments

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Blink Eyewear is the largest provider of vision services and care in Calgary, operating no fewer than 3 accessible locations across the region. All of our stores are inventoried with the most sought-after designer and commercial frames and eyewear for all occasions and purposes. 

Home to experienced optometrists and opticians, our stores also offer comprehensive eye exams to individuals of all ages, emergency eye care, and the treatment and management of eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Your all-in-one source for everything vision related

Blink Eyewear boasts the largest collection of eyewear in Calgary, but our 3 locations are also home to the region’s finest optometrists. Just as you will not find a better store to shop for your eyewear, you will not find a better vision clinic to do your eye exam or treat your eye condition. 

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