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What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an eye condition where the lens of the eye gradually loses its ability to focus on things up close. In other words, it becomes difficult to see close objects clearly.

You may become aware of presbyopia when you start holding books or newspapers at arm's length in order to read them. If you're short-sighted, you might temporarily manage presbyopia by reading without your glasses.




Symptoms

Symptoms of presbyopia may include:

  • Problems with seeing small print, intricate details or small objects

  • Holding things further away in order to see or read them more clearly

  • Experiencing headaches, tired eyes or sore eyes when concentrating on close work or reading

  • Needing to adjust or amplify lighting to see clearly for reading or close work

  • Distance vision becoming strained or difficult following computer or close work

Causes

Presbyopia is a natural part of the ageing process and usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s. It happens to everyone! With age, the eye's lens thickens and gradually its flexibility decreases. As a result close objects appear more blurry than they used to.

Treatment

There are many ways to correct presbyopia including reading glasses, progressive glasses and contact lenses. In some cases orthokeratology might be an option.

Because vision changes rapidly between the ages of 45-55 years, frequent lens changes may be needed.

Regular examinations with your Visique optometrist can ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you maintain clear and comfortable vision.