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What is Presbyopia?

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Many aging adults who have had clear vision their whole lives are surprised to note an increasing difficulty seeing objects up close as the years go by. This problem is not coincidental; it is a degenerative medical condition called presbyopia that usually begins to develop around the age of 40.

Why do the eyes change with age?

Like many other structures in the body, the lens of the eye loses its flexibility as time progresses. As this occurs, surrounding muscles become weakened and dehydrated, so the eyes are unable to focus clearly like they once could. This means that when you try to focus on objects close up, the lens cannot fully change its shape and the image comes out blurry. You may find yourself squinting to correct this problem, which may just age your eyes further by causing wrinkles to develop in the skin. Headaches and eye fatigue are other common symptoms associated with presbyopia.

What can be done to correct presbyopia?

Reading glasses are specifically designed to provide the necessary magnification to see in fine detail, but you should avoid the temptation to buy a cheap pair of readers from the drug store. The individualized vision correction provided by prescription reading glasses will help you see with much greater clarity and reduce further strain on your eyes. If you already wear corrective lenses, bifocals and progressive lenses combine the benefits of your existing lenses with reading glasses. You may need to have your prescription altered as you continue to get older, because the eyes are constantly changing with age.

If you are concerned about your aging eyes, schedule a consultation at an FYidoctors practice by visiting our website. Our state-of-the-art vision correction solutions can help you see with clarity throughout your best years.