Presbyopia

       So you are now approaching your 40’s, or maybe are already in your early 40’s, and you have noticed it is getting difficult to see anything up-close.  You find yourself stretching your arms out away from you which seems to help keep your reading material clear.  At some point that doesn’t work anymore, and you simply can’t see up close at all.  What is going on you ask?  You are now what is called aPresbyope!  Most people will resentfully admit that they are getting older.  While this is true, it doesn’t mean you are OLD, it just means you have entered into this annoying stage of life called presbyopia where you might need a little help to see at near.

Understanding Presbyopia

       For whatever reason, around the ages of 38 to 45, the lens inside the eye begins to harden and lose its elasticity (flexing ability), and continues to do so until age 60 to 65.  The eye can no longer accommodate like it used to, which causes blurriness at near.  Although there is contribution to this condition from the eye’s inner muscle, it is not so much a matter of the muscle becoming weaker from lack of use, so trying to make the eye accommodate will only cause eye strain and headaches.

Treatment for Presbyopia

       Staying in denial will only add to your symptoms of discomfort and blurry vision….so yep, you guessed it - time for a bifocal. Fortunately, there are several options for this condition.  See bifocal, trifocal, progressive, monovision, and multi-focal for more information.  If you are nearsighted, you might be able to see just fine up-close by taking your glasses off.  The issue now becomes one of functionality.  When you get tired of taking your glasses on and off all day, you know it’s time for the change.  If you are farsighted, chances are you will have trouble seeing far or near without bifocals, so your choice now becomes which type of glasses or contacts you need.