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Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Ever wonder why many people around 50 usually wear glasses? With age, your eye's lens is likely to become increasingly inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. We call this presbyopia. And it's universal.

Those with untreated presbyopia tend to hold reading material at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other tasks at close range, like sewing or handwriting, could also result in eyestrain and discomfort in those suffering from presbyopia. When handling presbyopia, it's important to know that there are a number of options available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

A common aid is reading glasses, but these are only useful for contact lens wearers or for those who don't wear glasses for correcting distance vision. You can buy these at lots of stores, but it is not recommended to get them before you have had a full eye examination. Lots of people don't know that reading glasses may help for quick periods of time but they can eventually lead to eyestrain when people overwear them.

If you don't want to switch between pairs of glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. These are glasses with separate points of focus; the bottom part has the prescription for seeing text and tasks at close distances. If you wear contacts, call us to find out about multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you might want to consider a treatment technique known as monovision. Monovision is when you wear a contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

You need to periodically adjust the strength of your lenses, because eyes change as you get older, especially after middle age. However, it's also necessary to examine your options before you decide the direction you want head in when it comes to your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery.

Ask your eye care professional for a helpful view on the matter. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.

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