Did you know? Presbyopia is an eye condition where the lens of the eye gradually loses its ability to focus on things up close. In other words, it becomes difficult to see close objects clearly.
When you’re young, the lens in your eye is flexible and relatively elastic. The muscles that surround your eye can easily reshape and adjust your lens to accommodate both close and distant images.
With age, the eye's lens thickens and gradually its flexibility decreases meaning your eye slowly loses the ability to focus as quickly. As a result, close objects appear more blurry than they used to.
You may become aware of Presbyopia when you start holding books or newspapers at arm's length in order to read them. If you're short-sighted, you might temporarily manage Presbyopia by reading without your glasses.
Presbyopia is a natural part of the ageing process and usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s.
It happens to everyone!
Common symptoms of Presbyopia may include:
Problems with seeing small print, intricate details or small objects
Holding things further away in order to see or read them more clearly
Experiencing headaches, tired eyes or sore eyes when concentrating on close work or reading
Needing to adjust or amplify lighting to see clearly for reading or close work
Distance vision becoming strained or difficult following computer or close work
There are many ways to correct presbyopia including reading glasses, progressive glasses and contact lenses. In some cases orthokeratology might be an option. Modern lens technology has many options to make near vision comfortable again.
Because vision changes rapidly between the ages of 45-55 years, frequent lens changes may be needed.
Regular examinations with your Visique optometrist can ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you maintain clear and comfortable vision.