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Presbyopia and Getting Older


Visit your Scotts Valley, CA Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options


Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with age in which the ability to focus on close objects becomes impaired. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, a larger number of individuals develop the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.


Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the eye will sometimes thicken by age forty, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus on something, particularly an object nearby. Those with presbyopia usually cope with the reduced vision by holding the paper far away or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from looking at far off objects to nearer ones is often strenuous for people with presbyopia. This tension could add to one's discomfort by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.


The most common solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs). A bifocal lens has two points of focus, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and a second, lower portion for looking at objects nearby. Progressive lenses work similarly to bifocal lenses, however they have a more subtle gradient between the two prescriptions and have no clear distinction between them. Users can more easily adjust visual focus, as they could with standard vision. Another option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.


If contacts are preferred over eyeglasses, there are other alternatives such as multifocal contact lenses. Individuals react differently to multifocal lenses, so it may take some time to decide if and in what combination they work for you.


There are also surgical options available that you may want to discuss with your optometrist. A lot of people are most successful using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Also, since your vision will continue to worsen with age, it is likely that you will need to keep adapting the strength of your prescription. With the population growing older, there continues to be a significant amount of research being done to discover other effective treatments for presbyopia.


Seeing signs of presbyopia? Book a check up with your Scotts Valley, CA optometrist. Better vision is worth it!