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Experiencing Vision Changes After 40? Readers Aren’t Your Only Option.

Durrie Vision’s Refractive Lens Exchange is changing the way people see the world.

Experiencing Vision Changes After 40? Readers Aren’t Your Only Option.Understanding Near Vision Changes

It starts gradually. One morning you notice you can’t quite read the label on the shampoo bottle. A few weeks later, your text messages look a little blurry, and you have to hold your phone at a distance to bring the words into focus. The next thing you know, you find yourself investing in a pair of readers.
(Or, several pairs of readers if you’re like most people.) The cause? Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome, or DLS. DLS is a common age-related condition that occurs naturally over time. It will even affect people who had LASIK, a procedure that only addresses the cornea, not the lens itself. Patients typically notice the effects of DLS in three stages:

Stage one – early to mid 40s: 

People at this stage will notice a decrease in near vision and often begin to rely on readers or bifocals.
The common term for this stage is presbyopia.

Stage two – early to mid 50s: 

In addition to unreliable near vision, people in this stage begin to have difficulty with night driving and reading
in dim light.

Stage three – 60+: 

The lens has developed into a cataract, which causes
a significant functional decrease in vision.

What are Your Options? 

While reading glasses, bifocals, and monovision or multifocal contact lenses can reduce the symptoms of DLS, wearing and managing corrective lenses can be frustrating. Furthermore, they do not stop the progression of DLS or prevent cataract development. Refractive Lens Exchange is a procedure designed to treat DLS by removing the natural lens and replacing it with a premium intraocular lens, which delivers a continuous range of focusing power. After the procedure, patients enjoy improved near, intermediate, and far vision and freedom from glasses and bifocals. In addition to these benefits, Refractive Lens Exchange also eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future.

When Should I Consider
this Kind of Surgery?

Lens surgery is inevitable. If you live long enough, you will need the natural lens in your eyes replaced whether through Refractive Lens Exchange or through cataract surgery if a cataract has already developed. “With the advancement in technology and the safety of the procedure, many patients are having their lenses replaced at earlier ages,” explains Dr. Jason Stahl. “Because of their active lifestyles, these patients do not want to have to tolerate the years of progressive decline in their vision as they develop cataracts. They want it
fixed now.”

Who is a Candidate for
Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange may be an excellent solution for someone who is experiencing one or more of the following common visual changes:

• Difficulty reading without reading glasses or bifocals

• Difficulty seeing near objects

• Difficulty seeing while driving, especially at night

• Changing glasses prescriptions

• Diagnosis of early cataract formation

• High degree of farsightedness (hyperopia)

The Doctors at Durrie Vision

Left to Right: Jason Stahl, MD; Kelly Grosdidier, OD; 

Daniel Durrie, MD; Suzanne LaKamp, OD; Timothy Lindquist, MD

Photo credit: Amber Dawkins Photography

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Experiencing Vision Changes After 40? Readers Aren’t Your Only Option.
Lucy DelSarto and Dr. Jason Stahl of Durrie Vision

Lucy DelSarto, a local wellness coach, discusses her experience with vision changes – and what she did about it – over the years. 

If you had to pick your favorite of the five senses, which would it be? Sight is by far my most precious of the five. As a child, I struggled with nearsightedness, which put me in glasses by the time I was in 5th grade. While I relied on glasses in the classroom, they didn’t quite fit my lifestyle elsewhere. Refusing to wear them during sports, I’m sure I wasn’t as good an athlete as I could have been. By high school, I had turned to contact lenses which gave me back my vision on the court, but brought with them different frustrations (all that maintenance!). I was thrilled to leave all of that behind in 1999 when I had LASIK surgery by Dr. Daniel Durrie at Durrie Vision. I chose Durrie Vision because of their incredible reputation. It is the best gift I ever gave myself. A lifetime of glasses and contacts had been transformed to 20/20 vision within an hour.

Fast forward 18 years and I began noticing changes in my vision. Reading in dim light and seeing at night became more difficult. Colors appeared less vivid. I met with Dr. Jason Stahl at Durrie Vision, who explained the effects of Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome on our eyes as we age. The options? Wear reading glasses and settle for a progressive decline in vision until cataracts develop. Or, have Refractive Lens Exchange to replace the aging lens now and avoid cataract surgery in the future. Easy choice for me. As a professional athlete and coach, reading glasses and further changes to my vision wouldn’t fit my lifestyle. I knew Refractive Lens Exchange would improve my vision now, so there was no reason to wait. I scheduled the procedure for later that month. Recovery was quick and easy. Following a short, one-day checkup, I was back to my usual activities.

After Refractive Lens Exchange, my vision is incredibly sharp. Think of an HDTV vs. an older model. You often get so accustomed to what you see that you don’t realize what you are missing until you see it. Another benefit? I will never need cataract surgery down the road! Unbelievable!

As a wellness coach, I encourage others to be proactive about their health,
which is advice I follow as well. My choice to have Refractive Lens Exchange at Durrie Vision was an investment in myself and one I am able to enjoy every moment of every day.

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