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Treating Presbyopia


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Presbyopia is a vision impairment related to aging in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. As people worldwide are reaching older ages more and more people are developing presbyopia, which currently cannot be escaped.
Your natural lenses bend when focusing on objects at varying distances. Some theories are that with age, that flexibility is reduced since the lenses thicken. This phenomenon is called presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty reading or seeing things right in front of you. This usually starts to take place any time after someone turns 40. Sufferers often deal with near vision impairment by holding a book far away or standing back from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from looking at far off things to nearer ones is often strenuous for people with presbyopia. The strain can worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.
Most of the time bifocal lenses or progressives (PALs) are worn to correct presbyopia. Bifocal lenses have two points of focus, one is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for seeing objects nearby. Progressive lenses work similarly to bifocals, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible distinction between them. Wearers will more easily shift focus, as they might having uninhibited eyesight. A third option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only as needed.
If contacts are preferable, you might want to consider multifocal contacts. It may take some time to come up with the best method and type of contacts due to the fact that different prescriptions can have an effect on your comfort or distance vision.
There are also surgical options that could be considered that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. Many people find the most success by using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Additionally, because your vision will continue to deteriorate with age, you will probably be required to continually adjust the strength of your prescription. With the population growing older, there is quite a bit of research being done to identify other and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.
Noticing signs of presbyopia? Book a check up with your Mississauga, ON eye doctor. A return to normal eyesight can be yours!