Frequently, around age 40, people notice that they're beginning to have a difficult time reading. Being able to see clearly things that are up close is a visual function that weakens as you age. Why? Because as you age, your eye's lens becomes less flexible, making it challenging to focus on near objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia.
To avoid eyestrain, people with untreated presbyopia tend to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other close-range activities, such as needlepoint or handwriting, may also lead to headaches, eyestrain or fatigue in people with this condition. When it comes to handling presbyopia, you have a few alternatives available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.
An oft-used solution is reading glasses, but these are only useful for those who wear contacts or for people who don't already wear glasses for issues with distance vision. These are readily available, but it's advised not to purchase them until you have spoken with an optometrist. Unfortunately, these sorts of reading glasses may be handy for short periods of reading but they can eventually cause fatigue when people wear them for a long time.
If you already wear glasses for myopia, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). These are glasses with separate points of focus; the lower part helps you see at close range. If you wear contact lenses, meet with us to discuss multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment technique which is called monovision, where one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.
Due to the fact that your sight changes with age, you can anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. Presbyopia still affects people even after refractive surgery, so it is it's worthwhile to take the time to find out about all the options before making decisions about your vision care.
Ask your eye care professional for an unbiased perspective. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that is best for you.