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Presbyopia and Getting Older

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Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, a larger number of people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

Your natural lenses bend to focus on objects at varying distances. Some believe that with age, that flexibility diminishes since the lenses lose their give. This condition is known as presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty focusing on things at a close distance. This usually can start to take place any time after someone turns forty. Sufferers often manage with the situation by holding a newspaper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from focusing on far off things to closer ones are often tiring for those with presbyopia. This strain could worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most common solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs). Bifocal lenses are separated into two prescriptions for vision, one is for viewing things at a distance and the other part of the lens is for seeing things nearby. PALs are similar to bifocal lenses, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible line between them. Wearers can more easily adjust their focus, as they could if they had uninhibited eyesight. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

If contact lenses are preferred over eyeglasses, you might want to consider multifocal contact lenses. People adjust in different ways to multifocal lenses, so it may take a while to figure out if and in what combination they work for you.

Furthermore, there are options for other procedures including surgery available that you may want to discuss with your optometrist. Many people find the most success by using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Furthermore, since your vision will likely get worse as you get older, you will probably be required to continually adjust your prescription. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of research being done to discover other effective treatments for presbyopia.

Seeing symptoms of presbyopia? Schedule an appointment with your Ramsey, NJ optometrist. A return to normal eyesight is only a quick call away!