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Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

Ever wonder why people over forty need to wear glasses? With age, your eye's lens grows more rigid, which makes it challenging to focus on handheld objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. It's something that happens to everyone.

Often, to prevent eyestrain, people with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length in order to focus properly. Additionally, engaging in other tasks at close range, such as embroidery or handwriting, may also lead to eyestrain and discomfort in those suffering from presbyopia. In order to treat presbyopia, you have a number of solutions available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

One of the most common preferences is reading glasses, though these are generally most efficient for contact lens wearers or for those who don't wear glasses for distance vision. You can purchase these at lots of shops, but it's advised not to get a pair until you have spoken with your eye care professional. Lots of people don't know that reading glasses may help for quick periods of reading but they can lead to fatigue when people overwear them.

If you already wear glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. Essentially, these are eyeglasses with separate points of focus, and the lower part of the lens is where there is a prescription to help you focus on things right in front of you. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist about multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment technique called monovision, where each eye is fitted with a different kind of lens; one that corrects distance vision and one for close vision.

Expect to routinely check and possibly adjust the strength of your lenses, because eyes slowly change as you get older, especially after middle age. Presbyopia still affects people even after refractive surgery, so it is it's worthwhile to take the time to find out about all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

Have to chat with your optometrist for an unbiased opinion. Sight goes through changes as you reach middle age and we want to help you manage your vision in the way that's best for you.