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Taking a Closer Look at Presbyopia

Ever wonder why even people who never wore glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? With age, the lens of your eye grows more rigid, which makes it harder to focus on near objects. This is called presbyopia. It's something that happens to us all.

People with untreated presbyopia may hold reading material at arm's length in order to focus properly. Performing other close-range tasks, like sewing or handwriting, can also cause eyestrain. When handling presbyopia, you have a few solutions available, whether you are a glasses or contact lens wearer.

The thing with reading glasses is that they are mostly useful for those who wear contacts or for those who don't wear glasses for distance vision. Even though these are readily available at pharmacies or drugstores, it is not recommended to get them until you have spoken with your eye care professional. Unfortunately, these sorts of reading glasses may help for quick periods of time but they can result in fatigue when used for long stretches of time. Not surprisingly, custom-made reading glasses are a much more effective solution. They can also correct astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions which are not necessarily the same in both eyes, and furthermore, the optic centers of the lenses are made to meet the needs of the person who wears them. The reading distance is another detail that can be designed to meet your individual 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 separate points of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription that helps you focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist about multifocal contact lenses. There's also a treatment approach known as monovision. Monovision is when you wear one contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

Since your eyesight changes with age, it's fair to expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it's also important to research your options before you choose the direction you want head in when it comes to your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.

Ask your eye doctor for an unbiased opinion. Sight goes through changes as you reach middle age and we want to keep you informed so you manage it in the way that's best for you.