What is it?

Presbyopia is a very common eye condition, typically occurring in individuals over 40. As you get older, your eyes may not be able to focus on objects up close. The condition makes once-easy tasks like reading or working at a computer difficult due to blurry vision.

How does it happen?

As you age, your eyes may lose some of their elasticity, and the lenses may become harder. Due to this hardening, light entering the eyes will not properly focus on the retina. It is a naturally occurring process, not a disease.

What are the symptoms?

Usually, these symptoms start appearing after age 40. Your eyes will have been aging and losing elasticity gradually before any symptoms appear, however. Typical symptoms of presbyopia may include:

  • Having to hold books/newspapers at an arm’s length to read
  • Blurred vision when looking at objects up close
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Having a hard time reading anything in small print

What are my risk factors?

Presbyopia naturally occurs as you age, so if you are approaching age 40 (or are older than 40), you may be at risk. It is very common and normal for your eyes to work less well as you get older.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

If you are over age 40, you should be having regular eye exams as your eyes may not be working as well as they once did. Presbyopia is diagnosed through a dilated eye exam by your eye doctor.

Typically, people with presbyopia will start wearing reading glasses when they need to focus on anything up close. Bifocal glasses are another option, with surgery being a very rare treatment for presbyopia.

How can I prevent it from happening?

There is no real way to prevent this condition from happening. Even if you have never had eye problems before, your eyes will naturally age with you.

If you are experiencing similar symptoms to presbyopia, contact us today.

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