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All About Presbyopia


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Many adults experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to focus on objects that are close, as they age. With the growing international population reaching older ages, a significant number of people develop the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.


Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the eye will begin to harden around the age of forty, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus on an object, especially an object close by. Sufferers usually cope with near visual impairment by holding a book away from their eyes or standing away from the object they are looking at. Transitions from looking at distant objects to closer ones can often be straining for people with presbyopia. The strain could worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.


Most commonly bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to deal with presbyopia. Bifocal lenses are divided into two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and a second, lower portion for focusing on things nearby. Progressive addition lenses work similarly to bifocals, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual. Wearers will more easily shift focus, as they would if they had standard vision. Another option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.


If contacts are preferred over eyeglasses, you might want to consider multifocal contacts. Multifocal lenses don't work for everyone and can sometimes cause discomfort or vision difficulties, so it may take a while to determine if and in what combination they work for you.


In addition, there are options for other procedures including surgery available that should be talked over with your optometrist. A significant number of patients find the most success by combining options for presbyopia. Also, because your eyesight will likely deteriorate as you get older, it is likely that you will need to keep adjusting your prescription. The good news is, there is quite a bit of research being done to identify additional effective treatments for presbyopia.


Noticing signs of presbyopia? Call for a visit with your Olathe, KS optometrist. Better vision is worth it!