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Tackling Presbyopia


Contact your Lake Grove, NY Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options


Many adults at some point see signs of presbyopia or an impaired ability to see things that are close, as they get older. With the growing worldwide population of older adults, more and more people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.


The lenses of your eye bend to focus on objects at varying distances. Some theorize that as you get older, that curvature gets diminished since the lenses thicken. This phenomenon is known as presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty reading or seeing objects right in front of you. This often starts to take place around someone turns forty. Sufferers often manage with the situation by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing back from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from focusing on distant things to nearer ones can often be tiring for those with presbyopia. This strain might add to one's discomfort resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.


The most popular corrections for presbyopia are bifocals or progressives (PALs). A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for seeing objects that are close by. Progressive lenses use the same principal as bifocal lenses, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible distinction between them. Wearers can more easily adjust their focus, as they would with uninhibited sight. Another option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only when needed.


If contacts are preferable, there are other alternatives such as multifocal lenses. It may take some time to determine the optimal method and type of contact lenses since different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.


Furthermore, there are surgical options available that should be talked over with your eye doctor. A lot of people are most successful combining treatments for presbyopia. Furthermore, since your eyesight will likely deteriorate as you get older, you will probably be required to continually adjust your prescription. The positive news is, there continues to be quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover additional and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.


If you are beginning to notice symptoms of presbyopia, book a visit with your Lake Grove, NY optometrist. A return to normal eyesight can be yours!

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