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How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

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Many adults begin to notice signs of presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things that are close, as they age. With the increasing worldwide population reaching older ages, a larger number of individuals are developing the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Your eye's lenses curve when focusing on objects at differing distances. Some theorize that with age, that elasticity diminishes since the natural lenses become thicker. This condition is known as presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty focusing on things right in front of you. This often can start to happen around the age of forty. Sufferers usually deal with the situation by holding the paper far away or standing back from the object they are looking at. Transitions from looking at far away objects to closer ones can often be straining for people with presbyopia. The stress can add to one's discomfort resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most popular solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs). A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, the upper portion is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for looking at objects nearby. PALs work similarly to bifocals, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no clear distinction between them. Wearers can more easily adjust visual focus, as they would if they had uninhibited vision. An alternative would be reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only when needed.

If contact lenses are preferred over eyeglasses, there are other options such as multifocal contact lenses. People react in different ways to multifocal lenses, so it may take a while to decide if and in what combination they work for you.

Additionally, there are options for other procedures including surgery that could be considered that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. A significant number of people find the most success by combining options for presbyopia. Additionally, because presbyopia will likely get worse as you age, it is likely that you will need to keep adjusting your prescription. The positive news is, there continues to be a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover other effective solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

Seeing symptoms of presbyopia? Schedule a check up with your Manhattan, NY optometrist. Better eyesight is worth it!