All About Presbyopia
Are you having problems reading a book or focusing on the menu when you go out to eat? If you are over 40 years old, you probably have presbyopia.
Presbyopia is a vision problem that causes difficulty when you try to focus on nearby objects. If your favorite catalog suddenly looks blurry, it could be time to get a pair of reading glasses to improve your close-up vision.
This condition usually affects people in their 40’s, as we age the crystalline lens in our eyes loses elasticity making it harder to focus. The lens hardens and becomes less flexible making it harder, if not impossible, to see close-up objects clearly.
Symptoms and Causes of Presbyopia
Don’t confuse presbyopia with hyperopia, or farsightedness. Hyperopia results from a misshapen cornea, whereas presbyopia occurs as a result of the lenses loss of flexibility. Presbyopia symptoms include:
- Eye fatigue
- Burning eyes
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty focusing on nearby objects
- Difficulty focusing on objects in low light
Besides aging, presbyopia can be a side effect of certain prescription or over-the-counter medications. If the condition presents itself in someone under 40 years old, they have premature presbyopia, which could be the result of diseases like multiple sclerosis or diabetes.
Presbyopia Treatment Options
Eat a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure optimal eye health. Certain eye exercises may help improve your presbyopia. Otherwise you will need to resort to one of the following methods to restore your up close vision:
- Reading glasses
- Prescription eyeglasses
- Contact lenses
Eye Examinations Detect Common Vision Problems
Presbyopia and other refractive errors of the eye like myopia and hyperopia can be found by your eye doctor during a comprehensive eye exam. Presbyopia eventually affects everyone, so even if you’ve never needed glasses before, you will at least need to invest in a pair of magnifying reading glasses when you get older. Call 1-866-EYE-DOCS to schedule an appointment for your next eye exam at a MyEyeLab store near you.
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