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All About Presbyopia

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Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which the ability to focus on close objects becomes reduced. With the growing international population of older adults, more and more people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

The lenses of your eye curve to focus on objects at varying distances. Some believe that as you get older, that flexibility gets diminished since the lenses lose their give. This condition is called presbyopia and is defined by difficulty focusing on things right in front of you. This often can start to take place around someone turns forty. Sufferers often manage with the situation by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing back from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from focusing on distant objects to nearer ones can often be strenuous for those with presbyopia. This tension might worsen the situation resulting in eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

Most often bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to deal with this problem. Bifocal lenses are divided into two points of focus, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for looking at things nearby. Progressive lenses are similar to bifocal lenses, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual. Users will more easily shift their focus, as they might having normal sight. A third option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

Presbyopes can also opt for multifocal contact lenses or monovision lens correction (in which one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to deal with their vision impairment. Different individuals adjust in different ways to multifocal lenses, so it may take some time to figure out if and in what combination they work for you.

There are also surgical options that could be considered that may be worth discussing with your eye doctor. Many patients find the most success by combining options for presbyopia. Also, because your vision will continue to get worse as you age, it is likely that you will be required to continually adjust the strength of your prescription. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of research being done to identify other and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

Seeing symptoms of presbyopia? Call for an appointment with your Boynton Beach, FL optometrist. A return to normal eyesight is just a call away!