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What is Presbyopia?

Having challenges with reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're close to middle age. Why does this happen? With age, your eye's lens becomes more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia.

To prevent eyestrain, people with untreated presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length in order to focus properly. In addition to reading, carrying out other close-range tasks, such as needlepoint or writing, could also cause eyestrain in those suffering from this condition. For people who are ready to deal with presbyopia, it's important to know that there are a few solutions available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are mostly efficient for contact lens wearers or for people who don't already wear glasses for issues with distance vision. You can purchase these glasses at lots of shops, but it's better not to get them before you have had a comprehensive eye exam. The reason for this is that reading glasses may be useful for brief blocks of reading time but they can cause eyestrain when people wear them for a long time. A superior alternative to regular reading glasses are custom made ones. They are able to rectify astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions that vary between the two eyes, and furthermore, the optic centers of the lenses can be adjusted to meet the needs of the person who wears them. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual's needs.

And if you already own glasses to correct distance vision, and would rather not have to wear more than one pair of glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. PALs and multi-focals are glasses with more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription that helps you focus on things right in front of you. If you already wear contacts, it's worthwhile to talk to your eye care professional to find out about multifocal contact lenses. There's also a treatment approach known as monovision. Monovision is when you wear a contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

It's important to note that you'll have to periodically adjust the strength of your lenses, because your eyes and vision change with age. But it's also necessary to research your options before making choices about your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.

It's best to speak to your optometrist for an unbiased perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that is best for you.