Understanding Presbyopia

Say Goodbye to Squinting!

June 21, 2023
 
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When Your Arms Aren’t Long Enough … Blame It on Presbyopia.

As we age, our bodies undergo a lot of changes, and the development of presbyopia is one of the most common. This condition affects our eyesight, making it difficult to read, write, or perform other close-up tasks such as sewing. 

Presbyopia is Natural.

Presbyopia is a natural age-related condition that occurs when the lens of the eye becomes less flexible and loses its ability to change shape and focus on nearby objects. This is when performing close-up tasks becomes difficult. A less flexible lens can cause headaches, strain, and fatigue.

Presbyopia usually develops gradually over time and most people start experiencing symptoms in their late 30s or early 40s. By the time they reach their mid-50s or early 60s, most people have some degree of presbyopia.

What Causes Presbyopia?

The exact cause is not fully understood but it is believed to be due to changes in the lens of the eye. With age, the lens becomes less flexible and less able to change shape, making it more difficult to focus on nearby objects.

Other factors that can contribute to the development of presbyopia include genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices. For example, people who spend a lot of time reading or performing close-up tasks, especially in low light, may be more likely to develop presbyopia.

Seven Symptoms of Presbyopia.

  1. Difficulty reading.Reading Glasses in Loveland
  2. Performing close-up tasks. 
  3. Eye strain.
  4. Headaches.
  5. Fatigue.
  6. Blurred vision.
  7. Difficulty seeing in dim light.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see Doctor Van, your Loveland Optometrist at Van’s Eyecare, for an evaluation.

 

How Is Presbyopia Diagnosed?

To diagnose presbyopia, Doctor Van Amerongen will perform a comprehensive eye exam. He may also perform a test to measure the flexibility of the eye’s lens. Your diagnosis and the resulting prescription are important steps in assuring that you have healthy eyes and clear comfortable vision.

How Is Presbyopia Treated?

There are several treatment options for

presbyopia

, including:

  • Reading glasses. These are glasses that are specifically designed for reading and other close-up tasks. 
  • Bifocal or progressive lenses. These are lenses that have two or more prescriptions in one lens. The top part of the lens is designed for distance vision while the bottom part is designed for near vision.
  • Contact lenses. Several types of contacts can correct presbyopia including bifocal, multifocal, and monovision lenses.
  • Surgery. Several surgical procedures can be used to correct presbyopia including implantable lenses, corneal inlays, and laser surgery.

Presbyopia Treatment

Buy Reading Glasses That Are Perfect for You.

It’s a trial-and-error process to find ready-made generic reading glasses over the counter. They help you see better by enlarging everything but they treat both eyes the same. Over-the-counter glasses are never perfect for you.

Reading custom-made glasses just for you will have precise refraction for each eye. They are made with high-quality lenses and attractive durable frames. Perfect reading glasses are prescribed by Doctor Van at Van’s Eyecare. His goal for you is healthy eyes and clear comfortable vision.

What Can You Do to Prevent or Manage Presbyopia?

 

While there is no way to prevent presbyopia, there are six things you can do to manage the symptoms and slow the progression of the condition. These include:

  1. Get custom-made reading glasses or contact lenses that will correct your vision for each eye.
  2. Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals for eye health.
  3. Get regular exercise to maintain good overall health.
  4. Take frequent breaks when reading or performing close-up tasks.
  5. Use good lighting when reading or performing close-up tasks.
  6. See Doctor Van regularly for checkups and to monitor the progression of presbyopia.

Call Van’s Eyecare for an eye exam appointment today.

We will help you say Goodbye! to squinting!