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Presbyopia 2021-10-22T08:19:57-05:00

Presbyopia is the loss of near vision as we age

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Presbyopia causes simple activities to become frustrating

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Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the lens loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on near objects resulting in blurred vision. During the early and middle years of life, the crystalline lens of the eye can focus both near and distant images by getting thicker for near objects and thinner for distant objects. When this ability is lost, typically in the 40s, it is called presbyopia.

Symptoms of presbyopia

  • Blurry near vision that starts after age 40
  • Difficulty adjusting focus when switching from near to distance vision
  • Eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work
As we age, the lenses in the eyes lose some of their elasticity. Without this elasticity, the lens is less capable of changing focus for different distances.

Presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over several years. Long before an individual is aware that seeing close up is becoming more difficult, the lenses in the eyes have begun losing their ability to flatten and thicken. Only when the loss of elasticity impairs vision to a noticeable degree is the change recognized.

Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-forties.

A comprehensive eye exam will include testing for presbyopia. Your eye doctor can conduct a refractive evaluation to determine whether your eyes focus light rays exactly on the retina at a distance and near.

A visual acuity test will determine your ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances. Your eye doctor will also check your eye coordination and muscle control for eye strain, as well as your eyes’ ability to change focus. All of these are important factors in how your eyes see.

Reading glasses and contact lenses are used by many for the temporary treatment of presbyopia. However, several vision correction procedures can surgically reduce or eliminate the effects of presbyopia.

Will LASIK correct presbyopia?

Lasik laser eye surgery can provide excellent uncorrected distance vision. If someone has LASIK in their mid-40s or older, they will need to use reading glasses. Some suitable patients may choose to have blended vision. This is where we perform LASIK to correct one eye for distance and the other eye for near, allowing them to perform most activities without glasses.

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Academic resources on presbyopia

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Presbyopia is an eye condition in which your eye slowly loses the ability to focus quickly on objects that are close. It’s a disorder that affects everyone during the natural aging process. Click here to read on.

Sometime in your 40s, it gets harder to see close up, but you can see things far away just fine. This is called presbyopia. In spite of the big name, it isn’t a disease. It’s a natural part of the aging process. And it’s easy to correct. Click here to read on.

One of the most frustrating vision problems is the loss of reading vision caused by a normal, age-related condition called presbyopia. Click here to read on.

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