Presbyopia

Presbyopia is referred to as the aging eye condition. Presbyopia occurs when the eyes lose the ability to see up close. It's a normal eye condition that occurs in early to mid-40s.

Presbyopia Symptoms

Early on, people often find that they have to hold reading material further away in order to see more clearly.  Presbyopia causes blurred vision at normal reading distance, eyestrain or headaches with reading or doing close-up work. These symptoms may be worse if they worked in a dimly lit area.

Causes Of Presbyopia

When people are young, their eye lens is soft and flexible, allowing them to focus on objects close and far away. After age 40, the lens becomes more rigid. It cannot change shape as easily. This makes it harder to read, thread a needle, or do other close-up tasks.

There is no way to stop or reverse the normal aging process that causes presbyopia.  Several surgical procedures have been proposed and continue to evolve.

Treatment For Presbyopia

Eyeglasses or contact lenses are the simplest way to correct presbyopia. It is also possible to purchase reading eyeglasses. These types of glasses do not require a prescription and can help with reading vision. Onsite Optical offers different types of glasses to correct presbyopia, such as bifocals, trifocals, and progressive multifocals. You can also order custom bifocal or monovision contact lenses.

There are options to try to manage presbyopia at the time of cataract surgery.  This involves using special intraocular lenses that may focus differently for objects at different distances, such as multifocal IOLs. Using intraocular lenses to focus each eye at different distances is also an option.  This is frequently referred to as monovision.

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