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Middle Age and Presbyopia

Ever wonder why it gets harder to focus on small print as you get older? As time passes, the lens of your eye grows less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. This is known as presbyopia. And, it’s something that affects us all.

To avoid having to strain their eyes, people with undiagnosed presbyopia tend to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm’s length to be able to focus properly. In addition to reading, carrying out other close-range tasks, like sewing or handwriting, could also lead to eyestrain. If you are ready to deal with presbyopia, you have a number of alternatives available, regardless of whether you are a glasses or contact lens wearer.

Reading glasses are generally most useful for contact lens wearers or for people who don’t already need glasses for problems with distance vision. You can purchase these glasses almost anywhere, but it’s advised not to get a pair until you have the advice of your optometrist. Too often ”over-the-counter” reading glasses may be helpful for quick blocks of reading time but they can eventually result in eyestrain when people overwear them. A superior alternative to drugstore reading glasses are custom made ones. They can address additional eye issues such as rectify astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions that vary between the two eyes, and, the optic centers of every lens can be customized to fit the person who wears them. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual’s needs.

If you already have glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). PALs and multi-focals are glasses that have multiple points of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription to give you the ability to focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to find out about multifocal contact lenses. There’s also a treatment technique which is called monovision. Monovision is when you wear one contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

You need to periodically adjust your prescriptions, because your eyes and vision change over time. But it’s also crucial to understand all the options before making choices about your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you’ve had refractive surgery in the past.

Have to chat with your optometrist for an unbiased opinion. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that’s both beneficial and accessible.