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Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Experiencing some trouble when reading is a frequently occurring problem if you’re hitting middle age. Why does this happen? Because as you age, your eye’s lens is likely to become more rigid, making it challenging to focus on close objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia.

In an effort to prevent eyestrain, people with undiagnosed presbyopia tend to hold reading material at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Additionally, performing other close-range activities, like crafts or handwriting, could also lead to eyestrain and discomfort. In order to treat presbyopia, you have several options available, regardless of whether you currently wear glasses, contacts or nothing at all.

Reading glasses are great but are mostly useful for those who wear contacts or for people who don’t already need glasses for problems with distance vision. You can find these at lots of shops, but it is not recommended to get them until you have had a thorough eye examination. Lots of people don’t know that reading glasses may be useful for short periods of time but they can eventually cause eyestrain with prolonged use.

If you already wear glasses for myopia, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. Essentially, these are glasses that have multiple points of focus; the lower part helps you see text and tasks at close distances. If you use contacts, speak to us to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment technique called monovision, where one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Expect to periodically adjust your prescriptions, because your eyes and vision slowly change over time. Presbyopia is seen in people even after refractive surgery, so it is it’s worthwhile to take the time to find out about all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

Ask your eye care professional for a helpful view on the matter. Sight goes through changes as you reach middle age and we think it’s important that you deal with it in the best way possible.