Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in your early 40’s when near detail become more difficult to see. It is typical for this to get gradually worse and you start to move things further away from you to be able to see them comfortably, you also start to struggle to read in poor light. People who are myopic will notice that their near vision seems to start to blur when wearing their normal distance glasses or contact lenses and often find themselves reading more comfortably with their glasses off.
Even if you’ve never had a vision problem before, you can’t escape presbyopia. It is a normal part of aging and is not a sign of poor health.
- Needing to hold books and newspapers further away to focus properly.
- Difficulty reading menus in poor light.
- Taking distance glasses off to read if you are short sighted.
- Headaches or eye strain when doing near detail such as embroidery or handwriting.
- Eyes feel fatigued at the end of the day.
- Avoiding near detail.
Presbyopia is caused by a normal physiological age-related process. This is different from astigmatism, myopia or hyperopia. Presbyopia is generally believed to stem from a gradual thickening, stiffening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye.
These changes occur because of age-related changes to the proteins in the lens, making the lens harder and less elastic over time as well as in the muscle fibres surrounding the lens. With less elasticity, the eye has a harder time focusing up close.
- Prescription Glasses
- Ready Readers
- Contact lenses
- New strategies may include surgery, corneal remodelling with contact lenses and other strategies in the future.