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Presbyopia and Aging

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Presbyopia is a visual impairment related to age in which the ability to focus on objects at a close distance becomes impaired. As people around the world are living longer, more and more individuals are developing presbyopia, which currently cannot be escaped.

The lenses of your eye bend to focus on objects at differing distances. Some theories are that with age, that flexibility diminishes since the natural lenses harden. This condition is called presbyopia and is often noticed by blurred vision when reading or seeing things right before your eyes. This usually can start to take place around the age of forty. Those with presbyopia often cope with the reduced vision by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from looking at distant objects to closer ones is often strenuous for people with presbyopia. The stress might add further discomfort resulting in eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

Most commonly bifocals or progressives (PALs) are used to deal with this condition. Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, one is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for looking at objects that are close by. Progressive addition lenses are similar to bifocals, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual. Wearers will more easily adjust visual focus, as they could if they had standard vision. A third option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only when needed.

If contacts are preferred over eyeglasses, you might want to consider multifocal contacts. It may take some time to decide upon the best method and type of contact lenses because 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 lot of patients find the most success by using a combination of options for presbyopia. Furthermore, since your vision will likely worsen with age, you will probably need to keep adjusting the strength of your correction. The good news is, there is quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover other effective treatments for presbyopia.

If you are beginning to see symptoms of presbyopia, book an appointment with your Alpharetta, GA optometrist. A return to normal eyesight is just a quick call away!