Have you found it difficult to read text messages on your phone? Do you find yourself moving a book or newspaper further away from you? At the end of the day, do you feel like your eyes are heavy and you have a
headache right behind your eyes? These all can be signs of a vision condition called Presbyopia.
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a normal vision condition in which the crystalline lens of your eye loses its flexibility. It occurs gradually and naturally to everyone above the age of forty. Normal tasks like reading a menu or using phones become inconvenient and can affect your quality of life.
What causes presbyopia?
Your eye stops growing your early teens. The lens, however, continues to grow and produce more and more
cells. This continued growth eventually causes the lens to harden and lose some of its elasticity and therefore
some focusing ability.
At what age does presbyopia occur?
It varies from person to person. Although presbyopia may seem to develop suddenly, the actual decline takes
place over the course of many years.
Presbyopia usually becomes apparent to people in their early to mid-forties.
What are signs/symptoms of presbyopia?
Some signs/symptoms of presbyopia include the tendency to hold reading material at arm’s length, blurred
vision at normal reading distance and eye fatigue along with headaches when attempting do close work.
Can presbyopia be prevented?
Unfortunately not. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process. Just like hair turning grey or the wrinkles on our face.
How is presbyopia diagnosed?
A comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist, or eye doctor, will include testing your near vision. This
will determine the extent, if any, of presbyopia.
Since presbyopia can complicate other common vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness and
astigmatism, your optometrist will perform other tests to determine the specific lenses that will allow you to see clearly and comfortably for your daily visual needs.
Your optometrist will also ask specific questions about your occupational and recreational activities. This
information will aid in determining what type of lenses you need.
More about correcting presbyopia on the blogs to come. Stay tuned!