Presbyopia aka “my arms aren’t long enough”

What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is difficulty focusing at near, generally occurring in the early to mid forties.

What causes presbyopia?
The flexibility of the crystalline lens within the eye controls the ability to focus objects at near. As the lens continues to grow and more cells are added, the lens loses its flexibility, and ultimately loses its ability to focus.

Who will develop presbyopia?
Everyone will eventually develop presbyopia. The age of onset will vary by individual. Generally presbyopia will continually affect individuals from age 40 to 60 years.

Signs/Symptoms
Some signs of presbyopia include holding reading materials further away, blurred vision at regular reading distance, headaches and strain at near.

How to treat presbyopia
Presbyopia can be treated with reading glasses, bifocal, trifocal or progressive glasses, or multifocal contact lenses. Unfortunately presbyopia cannot be prevented because it is a normal age related process. Because presbyopia will constantly affect the focusing capability of the lens, the correction at near may need to be periodically changed to maintain clear and comfortable vision at near.

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