Presbyopia (Vision Loss 40+) in Sioux Falls, SD

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About Presbyopia

Many men and women notice a stark decline in their near visual acuity as they begin to age. This common occurrence is associated with the progressive vision loss known as presbyopia, which is quite simply age-related vision loss. A patient who had clear, crisp vision their entire life can be diagnosed with presbyopia after reaching the age of 40. Quite often, patients explain that their vision isn't as clear as it once was and that they are beginning to struggle to see clearly when reading a book or using their smartphone. You may feel the need to hold an object further away from your eyes when reading it. ART Vision in Sioux Falls, SD offers comprehensive surgery consultations, diagnostic testing, and treatment options for patients who are experiencing the early onset of presbyopia and are tired of wearing reading glasses. Schedule an appointment at our facility today to begin exploring advanced treatment options to diminish your need for reading glasses.  


The most common symptom of presbyopia is the  blurring of words and objects that are nearby. This typically begins at or around the age of 40 when the lenses of your eyes begin to lose a bit of their youthful flexibility. This is also called dysfunctional lens syndrome.  Patients often begin to move things further away from their eyes so they can read/view them more clearly. It is very common for patients with undiagnosed presbyopia to believe their blurred vision is caused by poor lighting. Patients may also experience:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • Eye pain after time spent reading, working on the computer, or using a smartphone or tablet



Where other common refractive errors (need for glasses) are caused by the unique shape of the eye, presbyopia is simply caused by the natural aging process of the lens. This will happen to everybody at some point. As we age, the natural lens of our eye becomes more and more dysfunctional.  The lens proteins and fibers begin to thicken and harden, decreasing the its flexibility and ability to focus up close like it used to.  Clarity is also decreased as the muscle fibers in the eyes change. Together, this dysfunctional lens syndrome makes it difficult for your eyes to focus on nearby items and objects as they did when they were younger.

Diagnosis and Treatment

ART Vision is proud to offer a number of long-term surgical correction options for the treatment of presbyopia, including laser, corneal inlays, and refractive lens exchange.  Following a detailed examination and diagnostic testing, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Alison Tendler can meet with you during a comprehensive consultation to discuss your treatment options for vision correction surgery and to determine if you are an ideal candidate. Surgeries, such as PRK, LASIK, corneal inlays, and refractive lens exchange have proven highly effective in the treatment of presbyopia for long-term relief and clearer, crisper near vision.  ART Vision prides itself in helping you See the World Better and See Yourself Better.  By reducing or eliminating your need for reading glasses, we can help you create the vision lifestyle you desire.

Restore Your Sight

At ART Vision in Sioux Falls, SD, our team of highly trained professionals understand the sensitivity of matters involving your vision. If you are experiencing the symptoms of presbyopia or any other refractive error, we encourage you to contact ART Vision today to schedule an appointment. Using the utmost compassion, advanced technologies, and proven treatment methods, our team will work together to provide you with the best possible option for improved vision and creating the vision lifestyle you desire. Let us help you explore your options so you can begin to See the World Better and See Yourself Better.  

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