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Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Often, around age 40, people notice that they're starting to have a hard time reading. Seeing things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which becomes weaker as you become older. Why does this happen? Because as you age, the lens of your eye is likely to become less flexible, making it less able to focus on handheld objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia. And it's universal.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other close-range tasks, for example, crafts or handwriting, may also lead to headaches, eyestrain or fatigue. For sufferers who are ready to deal with presbyopia, you have a few solutions, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

One of the most popular choices is reading glasses, but these are generally most efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don't already wear glasses for issues with distance vision. Although reading glasses are easy to find at pharmacies or drugstores, it's advised not to buy a pair before you've seen the results of a proper eye exam. Too often cheap reading glasses may be helpful for short periods of time but they can eventually cause fatigue when used for a long time. A more beneficial alternative to drugstore reading glasses are custom made ones. These can address additional eye issues such as fix astigmatism, comfortably accommodate prescriptions that are different between the two eyes, and furthermore, the optic centers of every lens can be made to meet the needs of the wearer. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual's needs.

And for those who already wear glasses, but don't want to switch between different pairs of glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. These are eyeglasses that have more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription that helps you focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist about multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment approach called monovision, where you wear one contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

Since your eyesight continues to change as you grow older, you should expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it's also important to look into your various choices before deciding what's best for your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.

Have to chat with your eye care professional for an unbiased perspective. Vision goes through changes as you get older and we want to help you deal with that in the way that's most helpful and beneficial to you.