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What is Presbyopia?

Did you ever wonder why it gets more difficult to see small print as you get older? As time passes, the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it's universal.

To prevent having to strain their eyes, people with untreated presbyopia tend to hold reading material at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Additionally, engaging in other close-range activities, like crafts or handwriting, could also cause eyestrain and discomfort. When it comes to dealing with presbyopia, there are a few options, whether you wear eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Reading glasses are mostly efficient for contact lens wearers or for people who don't need to wear glasses for correcting distance vision. You can get these glasses basically anywhere, but it is not recommended to get them until you have the advice of your optometrist. Unfortunately, these kinds of reading glasses may be helpful for brief periods of reading but they can eventually cause fatigue when worn for a long time.

If you already wear glasses for myopia, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are very popular. Essentially, these are eyeglasses that have more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens is where there is a prescription to help you focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment technique which is called monovision, where you wear one contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

Since your vision continues to change as you grow older, it's fair to anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. However, it's also important to look into your various choices before deciding what's best for your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.

We recommend you speak to your optometrist for an informed view on the matter. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.