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Dealing with Presbyopia

Often, around age 40, people find that they're beginning to have a hard time reading. Seeing clearly things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which gets weaker as you become older. But why is this so? Because as you age, your eye's lens grows less flexible, making it harder to focus on handheld objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia.

Those with untreated presbyopia may hold reading material at arm's length in order to focus properly. In addition to reading, performing other tasks at close range, like needlepoint or writing, could also result in headaches, eyestrain or fatigue. If you are ready to do something about presbyopia, you have a number of solutions, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

A common solution is reading glasses, though these are generally most efficient for contact lens wearers or for people who don't need glasses for distance vision. These are readily available, but you shouldn't get a pair until you have spoken with your eye care professional. A lot of people aren't aware that reading glasses may be helpful for quick blocks of reading time but they can result in eyestrain with extended use. A more beneficial alternative to regular reading glasses are custom made ones. They are able to fix astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions which are not the same in both eyes, and in addition to all this, the optic centers of the lenses are customized to meet the needs of the person who wears them. The reading distance is another detail that can be made to accommodate your specific needs.

If you already wear glasses, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. These are glasses with multiple points of focus, and the lower part of the lens is where there is a prescription to give you the ability to focus at close range. If you use contacts, meet with us about multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment technique called monovision, where you wear one contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

Because your vision continues to change with age, you should expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it's also necessary to research all the options before you choose the direction you want head in when it comes to your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery.

Have to chat with your optometrist for an informed perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that is best for you.