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Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

Did you ever wonder why older people prefer books with larger text? With age, your eye's lens grows more rigid, which makes it harder to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it's universal.

In an effort to avoid having to strain their eyes, people with untreated presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length to be able to focus properly. In addition to reading, carrying out other close-range tasks, like needlepoint or handwriting, can also cause eyestrain and discomfort in those suffering from presbyopia. When correcting presbyopia, you have a few alternatives available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

One of the most common choices is reading glasses, but these are generally most efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don't already need glasses for issues with distance vision. These are readily available, but it's best not to buy them until you have the advice of an eye care professional. Unfortunately, these sorts of reading glasses may be helpful for quick periods of reading but they can cause fatigue with prolonged use. Custom made readers are often a better solution. They are able to rectify astigmatism, comfortably accommodate prescriptions which are not necessarily the same in both eyes, and, the optic centers of every lens can be specially made to suit whoever is wearing them. The reading distance is another detail that can be customized to accommodate your unique needs.

If you already wear glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are very popular. These are eyeglasses with multiple points of focus; the bottom portion has the prescription for seeing at close range. If you wear contacts, call us about multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment approach which is called monovision. Monovision is when each eye wears a different kind of lens; one for distance vision and one for close vision.

Since your sight changes as time goes on, you can expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it's also crucial to research your options before deciding what's best for your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you've had refractive surgery.

Have to chat with your optometrist for an unbiased perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that is best for you.