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Presbyopia: The Facts

Ever wonder why older people prefer larger text? As time passes, your eye's lens becomes less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. And, it's something that affects everyone.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia tend to hold printed text at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other tasks at close range, for example, embroidery or handwriting, could also result in eyestrain and discomfort. When it comes to dealing with presbyopia, you have a few solutions available, whether you currently wear glasses, contacts or nothing at all.

A common solution is reading glasses, though these are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don't already wear glasses for problems with distance vision. You can get these glasses almost anywhere, but it is not recommended to buy them before you have seen the results of a comprehensive eye examination. The reason for this is that reading glasses may be helpful for short periods of time but they can result in fatigue when worn for long stretches of time. A more beneficial alternative to drugstore reading glasses are custom made ones. They are able to rectify astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions which are not the same in both of your eyes, and on top of that, the optic centers of every lens are specially made to meet the needs of the person who wears them. The reading distance is another detail that can be designed to meet your individual needs.

If you already wear glasses for distance vision, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). PALs and multi-focals are glasses that have separate points of focus; the bottom part helps you see things at close range. If you already wear contacts, it's best to speak to your eye care professional to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment technique which is called monovision, where each eye wears a different kind of lens; one addressing distance vision and one for close vision.

However, you may have to periodically adjust the strength of your lenses, because your eyes and vision slowly change with age. Presbyopia could be a problem for older individuals even after refractive surgery, so it is important to understand all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

We recommend you speak to your eye care professional for an unbiased perspective. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.

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