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What is Presbyopia?

Ever wonder why older people prefer books with larger text? Because as you age, the lens of your eye becomes more and more inflexible, which makes it harder to focus on close objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia.

To prevent having to strain their eyes, people with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold reading material at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Additionally, performing other tasks at close range, like embroidery or writing, could also result in headaches, eyestrain or fatigue. In order to treat presbyopia, it’s helpful to know that there are a number of solutions, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are great but are mostly useful for contact lens wearers or for those who don’t need glasses for correcting distance vision. These are readily available, but it’s advised not to get a pair until you’ve seen the results of a thorough eye examination. This is because reading glasses may be useful for quick periods of time but they can cause fatigue with prolonged use.

If you don’t want to switch back and forth between different pairs of glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. PALs and multi-focals are eyeglasses that have separate points of focus; the lower section has the prescription for seeing nearby objects. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to discuss multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment approach which is called monovision. Monovision is when one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Since your sight changes with age, you should anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. Presbyopia can affect older individuals even after refractive surgery, so it is it’s worthwhile to take the time to find out about all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

We recommend you speak to your eye care professional for an unbiased opinion. Presbyopia is a part of middle age, but the choices you make about how to handle it is in your hands.

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