When you hit your mid-to-late forties, you may begin to notice that you have some trouble with reading. But why is this so? With age, the lens of your eye grows less flexible, making it challenging to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it's universal.
In an effort to prevent having to strain their eyes, people with untreated presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length in order to focus properly. In addition to reading, other tasks at close range, like needlepoint or handwriting, can also lead to eyestrain in those who have developed this condition. When it comes to rectifying the symptoms of presbyopia, you have a number of alternatives, regardless of whether you currently wear glasses, contacts or nothing at all.
Reading glasses are an easy choice but are generally most useful for contact lens wearers or for people who don't wear glasses for distance vision. These are readily available, but it is not recommended to get a pair before you've seen the results of a proper visual exam. Unfortunately, these kinds of reading glasses may be useful for short blocks of reading time but they can eventually result in fatigue when people overwear them.
If you already wear glasses for myopia, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. Essentially, these are eyeglasses that have multiple points of focus; the lower portion helps you see things at close range. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist about multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment approach which is called monovision. Monovision is when each eye wears a different kind of lens; one for distance vision and one for close vision.
Because your vision changes as time goes on, you should anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. But it's also crucial to research your options before you choose the direction you want head in when it comes to your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.
Ask your eye care professional for an informed perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that is best for you.