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What is Presbyopia?

Experiencing some trouble when reading is a commonly occurring problem if you’re hitting middle age. This is why: Because as you age, your eye’s lens is likely to become more and more inflexible, making it less able to focus on handheld objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it’s universal.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold printed text at arm’s length to be able to focus properly. Performing other tasks at close range, for example, crafts or handwriting, may also result in eyestrain in those suffering from this condition. In order to treat presbyopia, there are a few solutions available, regardless of whether you wear eyeglasses and contact lenses.

The thing with reading glasses is that they are only efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don’t need glasses for distance vision. Even though reading glasses are readily available at pharmacies or drugstores, it’s advised not to buy them until you have had a thorough eye exam. Those ”over-the-counter” reading glasses may be helpful for quick periods of time but they can eventually cause fatigue when used for a long time. A more beneficial alternative to pharmacy reading glasses are custom made ones. These can address additional eye issues such as correct astigmatism, accommodate prescriptions that are different between the two eyes, and on top of that, the optic centers of every lens can be specially made to meet the needs of whoever is wearing them. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual’s needs.

If you don’t want to switch between different pairs of glasses, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people respond really well to. Essentially, these are glasses that have separate points of focus; the lower part helps you see text and tasks at close distances. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist about multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you should consider a treatment technique which is called monovision, where one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Due to the fact that your eyesight changes as time goes on, it’s fair to anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. Presbyopia can affect people 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.

Ask your optometrist for a helpful view on the matter. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that’s both beneficial and accessible.