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All About Presbyopia


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Many adults see signs of presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things at a close range, as they age. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, more and more individuals are developing the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.


The lenses of your eye curve when focusing on objects at varying distances. Some theorize that with age, that elasticity gets diminished because the lenses thicken. This condition is called presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty reading or seeing objects right before your eyes. This often begins to happen around someone turns 40. Sufferers usually cope with the reduced vision by holding the paper far away or standing back from the object they are looking at. Shifting from looking at far off things to closer ones is often tiring for people with presbyopia. The tension might add to one's discomfort resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.


The most popular corrections for presbyopia are bifocals or progressives (PALs). A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for viewing objects at a distance and the lower portion of the lens is for looking at things nearby. Progressive addition lenses use the same principal as bifocal lenses, but they offer a more subtle transition between the two prescriptions and have no visible line between them. Wearers can more easily shift focus, as they might having normal eyesight. Another option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.


If contacts are preferable, you might want to consider multifocal lenses. It may take a few tries to figure out the best method and type of contacts because different lenses can affect your comfort or distance vision.


There are also surgical options available that you may want to discuss with your optometrist. Many patients are most successful combining options for presbyopia. Additionally, since your eyesight will continue to deteriorate with age, you will probably be required to keep adapting your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of research being done to discover other effective solutions for patients with presbyopia.


If you are beginning to see symptoms of presbyopia, book a check up with your Plano, TX eye doctor. Better vision is just a call away!

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