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All About Presbyopia

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Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which close range vision becomes reduced. With the increasing international population reaching older ages, more and more individuals are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the eye will begin to thicken around the age of forty, making it harder for the eyes to focus on something, especially an object nearby. Those with the condition often deal with the reduced vision by holding a book away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from looking at distant objects to nearer ones can often be strenuous for people with presbyopia. This stress can add further discomfort resulting in eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

Most commonly bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are worn to deal with presbyopia. A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, one is for seeing objects from far away and a second, lower portion for looking at things that are close by. PALs use the same principal as bifocal lenses, but they offer a more gradual transition between the two prescriptions. Users can more easily shift visual focus, as they could if they had standard sight. 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 preferable, there are other options such as multifocal contacts. Multifocal contact lenses aren't suitable for everyone and can sometimes be uncomfortable, so it may take some time to figure out if and in what combination they work for you.

Additionally, there are surgical options available that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. A significant number of patients find the most success by combining treatments for presbyopia. Additionally, because presbyopia will continue to get worse as you get older, it is likely that you will need to keep adapting your prescription. With the population growing older, there is a significant amount of research being done to discover other and perhaps more permanent solutions for patients with presbyopia.

If you are beginning to see signs of presbyopia, call for an appointment with your Akron, OH optometrist. Better vision is worth it!