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How Age Affects Your Vision – Presbyopia

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Contact your Plymouth, MI Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options

Many adults at some point experience presbyopia or a diminished ability to see things that are close, as they age. With the growing international population of older adults, a larger number of individuals are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the human eye will begin to lose flexibility around age forty, making it more difficult for eyes to focus in on an object, especially something nearby. Those with presbyopia usually deal with the situation by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing back from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from focusing on distant objects to nearer ones can often be tiring for people with presbyopia. This tension might add to one's discomfort resulting in eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

Most often bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are worn to deal with this issue. A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, the upper portion is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for looking at objects that are close by. Progressive addition lenses are similar to bifocals, however they have a more gradual transition between the two prescriptions. Users will more easily shift visual focus, as they might having normal sight. An alternative would be 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 a while to come up with the optimal method and type of contacts due to the fact that different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

There are also options for other procedures including surgery available that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. Many patients find the most success by combining treatments for presbyopia. Furthermore, since your vision will continue to deteriorate as you age, it is likely that you will need to keep adjusting the strength of your prescription. The positive news is, there continues to be quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover additional and perhaps more permanent solutions for patients with presbyopia.

If you are beginning to notice symptoms of presbyopia, call for a visit with your Plymouth, MI optometrist. Better eyesight can be yours!

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