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Aging and Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

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Contact your Crystal Lake, IL Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options

Many adults eventually see signs of presbyopia or an impaired ability to see objects that are close, as they get older. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, more and more people develop the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Your natural lenses bend when focusing on objects at differing distances. Some believe that with age, that flexibility gets diminished because the natural lenses thicken. This phenomenon is called presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty focusing on things right before your eyes. This often begins to happen any time after the age of 40. Those with the condition often deal with the reduced vision by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing away from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from looking at far off objects to closer ones are often tiring for people with presbyopia. The stress can add further discomfort resulting in eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

The most popular corrections for presbyopia are bifocals or progressives (PALs). A bifocal lens is divided into two points of focus, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for looking at things nearby. PALs are similar to bifocals, however they offer a more subtle gradient between the two prescriptions. Users will more easily adjust focus, as they might with uninhibited sight. An alternative would be reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only as needed.

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

Furthermore, there are options for other procedures including surgery that could be considered that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. A significant number of people are most successful using a combination of options for presbyopia. Also, since your eyesight will likely worsen as you age, it is likely that you will need to keep adjusting your correction. The positive news is, there is quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover more and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

If you are starting to see signs of presbyopia, schedule a visit with your Crystal Lake, IL eye doctor. Improved vision is worth it!