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Presbyopia: The Facts

Did you ever wonder why even people who never needed glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? As time passes, the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, which makes it less able to focus on close objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia.

In an effort to prevent having to strain their eyes, people with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Additionally, performing other tasks at close range, like sewing or handwriting, could also lead to eyestrain. When it comes to treating presbyopia, you have several options available, regardless of whether you currently wear glasses, contacts or nothing at all.

An oft-used solution is reading glasses, though these are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don’t already wear glasses for problems with distance vision. You can purchase these basically anywhere, but it is not recommended to get a pair until you have seen the results of a proper visual examination. A lot of people don’t know that reading glasses may help for short blocks of reading time but they can eventually cause fatigue when worn for a long time.

If you already wear glasses for near sightedness, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people respond really well to. PALs and multi-focals are eyeglasses that have more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens is where there is a prescription to give you the ability to focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to find out about multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment technique which is called monovision. Monovision is when one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Due to the fact that your sight continues to change as you grow older, you should expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it’s also crucial to look into all the options before making choices about your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you’ve had refractive surgery in the past.

We recommend you speak to your eye doctor for a helpful view on the matter. Presbyopia is an inevitability of getting older, but the decisions you make regarding how to handle it is in your hands.

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