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Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Ever wonder why many people around 50 usually wear glasses? With age, the lens of your eye becomes more rigid, making it challenging to focus on near objects. This is called presbyopia. And it’s universal.

People with untreated presbyopia may hold reading material at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Additionally, performing other close-range activities, such as sewing or writing, may also result in eyestrain in those with presbyopia. If you are ready to deal with presbyopia, you have a few options available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are mostly efficient for contact lens wearers or for those who don’t need glasses for correcting distance vision. Although these are readily available at pharmacies or drugstores, it’s better not to get a pair until you have spoken with an eye care professional. Too often inexpensive reading glasses may help for brief periods of reading but they can lead to fatigue when people wear them for a long time. Not surprisingly, custom-made readers are a far more effective solution. These can address additional eye issues such as fix astigmatism, accommodate prescriptions which are not necessarily the same in both of your eyes, and furthermore, the optic centers of every lens are specially made to suit the wearer. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual’s needs.

If you already wear glasses for near sightedness, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. These are glasses with more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription to help you focus at close range. If you already wear contacts, it’s recommended to speak to your eye care professional to find out about multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment technique which is called monovision. Monovision is when one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Expect to periodically adjust your prescriptions, because your eyes and vision slowly change with age. But it’s also necessary to examine your options before deciding what’s best for your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you’ve had refractive surgery in the past.

It’s best to speak to your eye doctor for an unbiased perspective. Sight does not stay the same as you age and we want to keep you informed so you manage your changing eyesight in the best way possible.