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What is Presbyopia?

Experiencing some trouble when reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're close to middle age. Having the ability to see things that are up close is a visual function that weakens as you age. Why does this happen? As time passes, your eye's lens is likely to become more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia. It's something that affects everyone.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold reading material at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other close-range activities, like needlepoint or handwriting, can also result in eyestrain and discomfort in those with presbyopia. If you are ready to deal with presbyopia, there are several alternatives available, regardless of whether you are a glasses or contact lens wearer.

One of the most popular preferences is reading glasses, but these are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don't need to wear glasses for correcting distance vision. You can get these glasses at lots of shops, but you shouldn't get them until you have the advice of your eye care professional. This is because reading glasses may be useful for brief blocks of reading time but they can cause eyestrain when people wear them for a long time.

If you already wear glasses, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). These are glasses that have more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription to give you the ability to focus on things right in front of you. If you already wear contacts, it's best to talk to your optometrist to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or 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.

You have to periodically adjust the strength of your lenses, because your eyes and vision change over time. However, it's also important to research your options before making choices about your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.

Have to chat with your optometrist for an unbiased opinion. Sight goes through changes as you get older and we want to keep you informed so you manage that in the way that's most helpful and beneficial to you.