Having trouble with reading is a commonly occurring problem if you’re hitting middle age. Here’s why: With age, your eye’s lens becomes more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia.
Those with untreated presbyopia may hold printed text at arm’s length to be able to focus properly. Additionally, performing other close-range activities, such as crafts or handwriting, could also result in eyestrain in those who have developed presbyopia. When it comes to handling presbyopia, you have a number of alternatives, which take your eyewear preferences into account.
One of the most common preferences is reading glasses, but these are mostly useful for those who wear contacts or for people who don’t already wear glasses for issues with distance vision. Even though these are readily available at pharmacies or drugstores, it is not recommended to get them before you’ve had a proper visual examination. Too often ”over-the-counter” reading glasses may help for quick blocks of reading time but they can result in fatigue when used for long stretches of time.
If you already have glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. These are eyeglasses with separate points of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription to help you focus at close range. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment approach called monovision. Monovision is when one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.
Since your sight continues to change as you grow older, you should expect your prescription to increase periodically. However, it’s also important to examine all the 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 does not stay the same as you age and we want to help you deal with your changing eyesight in the way that’s most helpful and beneficial to you.