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How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia


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Many adults eventually experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things that are close, as they age. With the growing international population of older adults, a significant number of people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.


Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the eyes' lenses will begin to harden around age 40, making it harder for eyes to focus on an object, particularly an object nearby. Sufferers usually cope with the reduced vision by holding a book far away or standing back from the object they are looking at. Transitions from focusing on distant things to closer ones can often be tiring for people with presbyopia. This stress could add to one's discomfort by causing eye strain, fatigues or headaches.


Most of the time bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to resolve presbyopia. Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, one is for seeing things at a distance and the other part of the lens is for focusing on objects nearby. PALs are similar to bifocal lenses, however they have a more subtle transition between the separate prescriptions and have no clear distinction between them. Wearers can more easily adjust focus, as they might with standard vision. A third option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only as needed.


If contact lenses are preferable, there are other options such as multifocal contact lenses. People respond differently to multifocal lenses, so it may take a few tries to decide if and in what combination they work for you.


Additionally, there are surgical options available that may be worth discussing with your eye doctor. A significant number of patients find the most success by combining options for presbyopia. Also, because your vision will continue to deteriorate with age, it is likely that you will be required to keep adjusting your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of research being done to identify more and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.


Seeing symptoms of presbyopia? Book a check up with your Hoover, AL eye doctor. Better eyesight is only a phone call away!