WHAT IS PRESBYOPIA?
PRESBYOPIA GENERAL INFORMATION
Presbyopia is the loss of the eye’s ability to focus on near objects because of age-related thickening and hardening of the natural lens. Typically, an individual will begin to experience presbyopia by their early to mid-40s. It is a myth that eye exercises can overcome presbyopia.
Understanding Your Eyes – Presbyopia
In youth, the natural (crystalline) lens of the eye is soft and flexible; allowing the eye to focus at near and far distances, this process called accommodation. It involves the ciliary muscles inside the eye, which flex the lens to change focus from distance to near. Eventually, with age, the lens becomes so rigid that the ciliary muscle can no longer exert adequate force on the lens to change its focus.
Loss of accommodation ability results in blurred near vision, or presbyopia. This will occur even in the presence of a good distance vision.
In addition to having trouble reading up close, other Presbyopia symptoms include:
- Holding books and magazines farther away
- Headaches or tired eyes with close work or reading
- Slow focusing from near objects to distant objects, a clock on the wall takes time to come into focus after reading.
Presbyopia can be diagnosed by a basic eye health exam, which includes refraction. A refraction determines if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia. Your doctor may use various instruments and ask you to look through several lenses to test your distance and close-up vision.
Presbyopia can be diagnosed by a basic eye health exam, which includes a refraction. A refraction determines if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia. Your doctor may use various instruments and ask you to look through several lenses to test your distance and close-up vision
The goal of treatment is to compensate for the inability of your eyes to focus on nearby objects. Treatment options include wearing corrective multifocal eyeglasses, contact lenses, or undergoing refractive Presbyopia Surgery.
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