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As we move into our late 40’s, the lens continues to lose its flexibility, affecting the ability to focus up close, causing many patients to require reading glasses, bifocals or progressive glasses. The lens has begun to lose its function, causing the patient to experience Stage 1 of Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS). As the patient moves into their 50’s, the lens also begins to become less clear, leading to light scatter and glare, particularly in dim lighting situations. This phenomenon describes Stage 2 of Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome. Stage 3 DLS, typically occurring when a patient is in their 60’s, is characterized by significant loss of visual function due to a clouding of the lens called a cataract. While all individuals will go through the stages of DLS as they age, each patient is unique with some patients proceeding through the stages of DLS quicker and some proceeding slower. Dr. Hamilton is well versed in evaluating and treating each stage of DLS. When you have a consultation at Hamilton Eye Institute, Dr. Hamilton will do a number of diagnostic tests, sit down with you, explain where you are on the DLS spectrum, discuss treatment options and make his best recommendation for a treatment plan that will extend throughout your lifetime.

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