The inability to focus on text or objects up close is a sign that you may have presbyopia.
What Is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is more commonly known as farsightedness. It is a common condition that comes with age, and it can’t be treated or corrected.
In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that the word “presbyopia” is Greek for “old eye.”
People with presbyopia may also experience myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
The AAO says that by 2020, 1.37 billion people will experience presbyopia.
What Causes Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is the result of a rigid clear lens inside your eye.
When you’re young, the lens changes shape to focus light onto the retina. As you age, the lens hardens up, so it can’t change shape as easily.
As a result, close-up tasks become more difficult.
How Do You Treat Presbyopia?
Presbyopia cannot be treated since it’s part of the normal aging process.
However, its effects can be mitigated through a variety of means:
- Eyeglasses – Lenses with a higher focusing power in the lower portion of the lens allow you to read while still being able to see the distance in the upper portion. Reading glasses help, as well, and don’t require a prescription.
- Contact lenses – Wearing contacts is a great option in place of eyeglasses and surgery.
- Surgery – Laser surgery can fix presbyopia, but it is not an option we recommend.
Left untreated, presbyopia can cause bothersome headaches and eye strain.
Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist to determine the best way to compensate for your presbyopia, and how to do so in conjunction with other eye issues.
What Are Five Signs You Have Presbyopia?
People with presbyopia exhibit five typical signs:
- Blurry print – You may have to hold the reading material further than an arm’s distance, and small print is hard to read.
- Age – People in their 40s typically are at higher risk for developing presbyopia.
- Near-vision problems – You have problems seeing objects close to you.
If you’re 40 or older and you think you may be experiencing farsightedness, please contact an eye care professional today to optimize your vision.
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