Eye Care Center Lake County Gurnee, Vernon Hills
310 S. Greenleaf Street
Suite 209
Gurnee, Illinois 60031

Phone: 847.244.1657
Fax: 847.244.5122

6 E Philip Road
Suite 1110
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061

Contact lens prescription verification requests should be faxed to 847-244-5122

Presbyopia & Near Vision at Eye Care Center of Lake County, Ltd. serving greater Chicago, Northern Illinois & Southern Wisconsin

Presbyopia is an aging phenomenon that occurs as the Crystalline Lens loses its flexibility. Presbyopia begins at around age 40 and progresses until about age 65. From birth, until approximately the age of 40, the Crystalline Lens is both “crystal “clear and quite soft and flexible. This flexibility allows the Crystalline Lens to change its shape and alter its curvature in order to rapidly focus your vision at various distances-from far, to near, to arms length, to far or near again. The focusing capacity of the Crystalline Lens gives you the ability to see things at all distances-a process called “accommodation”.

About the time that we enter our 40’s, the Crystalline Lens begins to stiffen. The stiffening of the Crystalline Lens makes it progressively more difficult to change focus or accommodate making it more and more difficult to see close up. Initially, this reduces our ability to see objects clearly at arms length. As Presbyopia progresses it becomes more difficult to see reading material or objects close up. When this loss of flexibility occurs, it is called Presbyopia or “old eyes’.


As you begin to experience Presbyopia patients often tell us that their "arms are too short" requiring them to see up close by moving near objects and reading material farther away in order to bring them into focus and to see them clearly. It is important to know that Presbyopia affects everyone including those who have Cataracts.

As Presbyopia begins, people who have never worn eyeglasses find that they need reading glasses or bifocals in order to read and see up close. People who already wear glasses may need bifocals or trifocals in order to see up close and have comfortable near vision.

Advances in cataract surgery, lens replacement surgery and lens implant surgery allow Dr. Reinglass to remove your Cataract, correct near vision and treat Presbyopia all as part of your Cataract Surgery. Presbyopia correcting lens implants that correct both distance and near vision can help patients achieve clear distance vision as well restore their normal range of vision with less dependence on eyeglasses, bifocals or reading glasses. At Eye Care Center of Lake County, Ltd. we offer near vision correction lens implants such as the  Crystalens® Lens Implant, the Acrysof® ReSTOR® Lens Implant and the ReZoom™ Lens Implant.

Eye Care Center of Lake County, Ltd. provides advanced Cataract Surgery with the availability of Lens Implants to correct near vision and Presbyopia for patients from greater Chicago, Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin and is conveniently located for patients traveling from Antioch, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, McHenry, Mundelein, North Chicago, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Wheeling, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion Illinois as well as Kenosha, Lake Geneva, Pleasant Prairie, and Racine Wisconsin. To schedule an appointment for a Cataract & Lens Implant Consultation for correction of near vision and Presbyopia please call us in Gurnee at 847.244.1657 or in Vernon Hills at 847.816.9996.