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Presbyopia and Aging

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Many adults eventually begin to experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things that are close, as they get older. With the growing worldwide population of older adults, a larger number of individuals are developing presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Your natural lenses curve to focus on objects at differing distances. Some believe that as you get older, that curvature diminishes because the lenses lose their give. This phenomenon is known as presbyopia and is often noticed by blurred vision when focusing on things at close range. This often begins to take place any time after someone turns forty. Those with the condition usually manage with the reduced vision by holding a newspaper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from focusing on far off things to nearer ones can often be tiring for those with presbyopia. This stress might worsen the situation resulting in eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

The most common solutions for dealing with presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs). Bifocal lenses are divided into two prescriptions for vision, one is for viewing objects from a distance and the lower portion of the lens is for focusing on things that are close by. PALs are similar to bifocal lenses, however they have a more subtle transition between the two prescriptions. Users will more easily shift their focus, as they might with standard sight. A third option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only as needed.

Presbyopes can also opt for multifocal contact lenses or monovision lens correction (when one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to improve the vision impairment. It may take a couple of attempts to figure out the optimal use of contacts since different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

In addition, there are options for other procedures including surgery that could be considered that should be talked over with your eye doctor. A lot of patients find the most success by combining treatments for presbyopia. Also, because your eyesight will continue to get worse as you age, you will probably need to keep adapting the strength of your correction. With the population growing older, there is quite a bit of research being done to discover additional effective treatments for presbyopia.

If you are starting to notice symptoms of presbyopia, schedule an appointment with your West Winfield, NY eye doctor. Improved vision can be yours!


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