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Taking a Closer Look at Presbyopia

Did you ever wonder why even those who never needed glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? With age, your eye's lens becomes more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia.

Often, to prevent having to strain their eyes, people with untreated presbyopia may hold reading material at arm's length in order to focus properly. Performing other close-range tasks, for example, needlepoint or writing, can also cause headaches, eyestrain or fatigue. In order to treat presbyopia, it is helpful to know that there are a number of solutions available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are generally most useful for those who wear contacts or for those who don't wear glasses for correcting distance vision. These are readily available, but it is not recommended to get a pair until you have been examined by your eye care professional. The reason for this is that reading glasses may be helpful for short periods of time but they can eventually lead to eyestrain when worn for a long time. Custom made readers are often a more helpful solution. These can address additional eye issues such as fix astigmatism, comfortably accommodate prescriptions which are not the same in both of your eyes, and, the optic centers of the lenses are specially made to meet the needs of the person who wears them. The reading distance is another detail that can be designed to accommodate your individual needs.

And if you already wear glasses, but would rather not have to wear more than one pair of glasses, think about 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, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription to help you focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to find out about multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment approach which is called monovision, where one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

However, you may have to routinely check the strength of your lenses, because eyes slowly change over time. Presbyopia still affects people even after refractive surgery, so it is important to understand all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

Ask your eye doctor for a helpful perspective. Vision goes through changes as you reach middle age and we think it's important that you manage your vision in the way that's most helpful and beneficial to you.