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All About Presbyopia


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Many adults eventually begin to experience presbyopia or an impaired ability to focus on objects at a close range, as they age. As people around the world are living longer a larger number of people develop the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the eye will often thicken by the age of forty, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus in on an object, especially something close by. Sufferers often deal with near visual impairment by holding a book far away or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from looking at distant objects to nearer ones is often straining for those with presbyopia. This tension could worsen the situation resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most of the time bifocal lenses or progressives (PALs) are used to resolve presbyopia. Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the lower portion of the lens is for focusing on objects nearby. PALs work similarly to bifocal lenses, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no clear line between them. Users will more easily shift their focus, as they would with standard vision. Another option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

Presbyopes can also consider multifocal contacts or monovision lens correction (in which one eye is prescribed a correction for distance vision and the other near vision) to correct the vision impairment. Individuals adjust differently to multifocal lenses, so it may take a few tries to figure out if and in what combination they work for you.

In addition, there are options for other procedures including surgery available that should be talked over with your eye doctor. A significant number of patients are most successful combining options for presbyopia. Also, since presbyopia will continue to get worse as you age, it is likely that you will be required to keep adjusting your prescription. The good news is, there is quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to identify more and perhaps more permanent solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

If you are starting to see signs of presbyopia, call for an appointment with your Mill Creek, WA optometrist. A return to normal eyesight is worth it!