PRESBYOPIA: ARE YOU LOSING YOUR NEAR FOCUS?
After the age of 40-45, the human eye is affected by presbyopia, where individuals start losing their near focus and experience changes in their vision such as difficulty performing close-up tasks and moving things further away from to see clearer.
As the lens becomes less flexible, it can no longer change shape to focus on close-up images. As a result, these images appear out of focus.
What are the symptoms of Presbyopia?
- Tendency to move things further away to help focus or read.
- Difficulty performing certain close-up tasks, such as reading fine print in the newspaper or threading a needle.
- Experiencing headaches or trouble focusing or getting sleepy while reading.
- Difficulty reading in dim light.
What is the treatment for Presbyopia?
Treatment options include:
- Wearing corrective eyeglasses (spectacle lenses)
- Monovision in contact lenses
- Undergoing refractive surgery
- Getting lens implants for presbyopia.
Does wearing eyeglasses will make my vision worse?
As presbyopia is caused by the lens becoming less flexible, wearing glasses will not make your eyes worse; it will get worse as you age until you reach your late fifties, when you will have no natural focusing ability left.