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How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia


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Many adults at some point experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things at a close range, as they get older. As people around the world are reaching older ages, more and more individuals develop presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.


Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the human eye will begin to harden around the age of 40, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus on something, particularly something nearby. Sufferers often cope with near visual impairment by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they are looking at. Transitions from focusing on distant objects to closer ones is often tiring for people with presbyopia. This tension could worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.


The most popular solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs). A bifocal lens is separated into two prescriptions for vision, one is for distance vision and the lower portion of the lens is for seeing things that are close by. PALs work similarly to bifocal lenses, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible distinction between them. Wearers can more easily change focus, as they would having uninhibited vision. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.


Presbyopes can also opt for multifocal contacts or monovision lens correction (in which one eye is prescribed a correction for distance vision and the other near vision) to improve their vision impairment. It may take a couple of attempts to figure out the best method and type of contact lenses since different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.


There are also surgical options available that should be discussed with your optometrist. A significant number of patients are most successful combining treatments for presbyopia. Also, since your vision will likely get worse as you get older, it is likely that you will be required to keep adjusting your prescription. With the population growing older, there is quite a bit of research being done to identify other effective treatments for presbyopia.


If you are beginning to see signs of presbyopia, book a visit with your Philadelphia, PA optometrist. A return to normal vision is worth it!