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All About Presbyopia

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Many adults experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see objects at a close range, as they age. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, more and more individuals are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the eye will begin to thicken by the age of forty, making it harder for eyes to focus in on an object, especially something close by. Sufferers often manage with the reduced vision by holding a book far away or standing at a distance from the object they are looking at. Transitions from focusing on far away things to nearer ones is often tiring for those with presbyopia. This stress might worsen the situation resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most popular solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressives (PALs). Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and a second, lower portion for focusing on objects that are close by. Progressive lenses use the same principal as bifocal lenses, but they offer a more subtle transition between the two prescriptions. Wearers will more easily shift visual focus, as they could if they had normal eyesight. Another option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only as needed.

If contacts are preferable, there are other options such as multifocal contact lenses. Individuals respond differently to multifocal lenses, so it may take some time to determine if and in what combination they work for you.

There are also surgical options that could be considered that should be talked over with your optometrist. A significant number of patients are most successful using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Furthermore, because presbyopia will continue to deteriorate as you age, it is likely that you will be required to continually adjust your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover additional and perhaps more permanent solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

If you are starting to notice signs of presbyopia, book a check up with your Phoenix, AZ eye doctor. A return to normal eyesight is worth it!