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Treating Presbyopia

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Many adults eventually begin to notice signs of presbyopia or a diminished ability to focus on things that are close, as they age. With the increasing international population of older adults, a larger number of individuals develop the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Your eye's lenses curve when focusing on objects at varying distances. Some theories are that as you get older, that curvature is reduced since the lenses thicken. This phenomenon is called presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty focusing on things right in front of you. This usually begins to take place any time after someone turns forty. Those with the condition usually manage with near visual impairment by holding a book away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from looking at distant objects to nearer ones can often be tiring for those with presbyopia. This strain could add further discomfort resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most common corrections for presbyopia are bifocals or progressives (PALs). A bifocal lens is divided into two prescriptions for vision, one is for seeing objects from far away and the lower portion of the lens is for looking at objects that are close by. PALs use the same principal as bifocal lenses, however they provide a more gradual gradient between the two prescriptions. Wearers can more easily shift focus, as they might having uninhibited sight. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

Presbyopes can also use multifocal contacts or monovision lens correction (in which one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to improve their vision impairment. It may take a few tries to come up with the best method and type of contact lenses because different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

There are also surgical options that could be considered that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. A significant number of patients find the most success by using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Also, because your eyesight will continue to get worse as you get older, you will probably need to continually adjust your prescription. The positive news is, there is a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to identify other and perhaps more permanent solutions for patients with presbyopia.

Seeing signs of presbyopia? Schedule an appointment with your Kenosha, WI optometrist. Improved eyesight can be yours!