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Apr 2015

Presbyopia

We all experience changes in our vision due to the natural process of aging. It happens to all of us, and there is no way to prevent it. Unfortunately, it’s just an inevitable part of life.

The most common problem we experience is the development of presbyopia, sometimes known as shortsightedness.

Presbyopia is the loss of the eye’s ability to focus on objects and reading material up close. The first signs of presbyopia begin in your early forties.

You start to notice you have to hold things at arms length to see or read them clearly. You may also experience eye fatigue and headaches while struggling with presbyopia.

In presbyopia, the crystalline lenses of your eyes lose their flexibility, resulting in the loss of your ability to focus. Presbyopia is not a form of disease, and it cannot be prevented with drugs or surgery.

Presbyopia differs from astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness in that it is not caused by your environment are any inborn or inherited genetic traits.

Presbyopia is simply caused by getting older. Even if you have suffered from nearsightedness from an early age, you will still feel noticeable changes in your ability to focus as you enter your early forties.

You can compensate for your presbyopia with simple reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals, or contact lenses.

You may only need to compensate for your presbyopia when you read or do close work, or the changes may require you to wear corrective lenses regularly.

If you feel like you are starting to experience presbyopia, set up an appointment with the staff at Spektacles for a comprehensive eye exam.