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All About Presbyopia


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Many adults at some point begin to experience presbyopia or a diminished ability to focus on things that are close, as they age. As people worldwide are living longer, more and more people are developing presbyopia, which currently cannot be escaped.


Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the human eye will often thicken by the age of forty, making it harder for the eyes to focus in on an object, especially an object nearby. Sufferers usually deal with near visual impairment by holding a newspaper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they are looking at. Shifting from looking at far away objects to closer ones is often tiring for people with presbyopia. The tension might worsen the situation by causing eye strain, fatigues or headaches.


The most common corrections for presbyopia are bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs). Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the lower portion of the lens is for looking at things nearby. Progressive addition lenses are similar to bifocal lenses, but they provide a more subtle transition between the separate prescriptions and have no clear line between them. Users can more easily shift visual focus, as they could if they had uninhibited sight. An alternative would be reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only as needed.


If contact lenses are preferred over eyeglasses, there are other alternatives such as multifocal lenses. It may take some time to decide upon the optimal use of contacts due to the fact that different lenses can have an effect on your comfort or distance vision.


Additionally, there are surgical options available that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. A significant number of people are most successful combining treatments for presbyopia. Additionally, because your eyesight will continue to get worse as you get older, it is likely that you will be required to continually adjust the strength of your prescription. With the population growing older, there is quite a bit of research being done to identify other and perhaps more permanent solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.


If you are starting to see signs of presbyopia, call for an appointment with your Kennett Square, PA eye doctor. Better eyesight is worth it!