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Battling Presbyopia

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Many adults at some point notice signs of presbyopia or a reduced ability to focus on things that are close, as they get older. With the growing worldwide population of older adults more and more individuals develop presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the eye will often lose flexibility around the age of 40, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus in on an object, especially an object close by. Those with the condition usually deal with the reduced vision by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing back from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from focusing on far away things to closer ones can often be tiring for people with presbyopia. The strain can worsen the situation by causing eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

Most of the time bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to correct presbyopia. A bifocal lens has two points of focus, the main part of the lens has a prescription for seeing objects at a distance and the lower portion of the lens is for focusing on objects that are close by. PALs are similar to bifocal lenses, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no clear distinction between them. Users can more easily adjust visual focus, as they would having normal sight. Another option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

If contacts are preferred over eyeglasses, you might want to consider multifocal contacts. People adjust in different ways 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 that could be considered that should be talked over with your optometrist. A significant number of people find the most success by using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Furthermore, since presbyopia will likely get worse with age, it is likely that you will need to keep adapting the strength of your prescription. The good news is, there continues to be a significant amount of research being done to discover other and perhaps more permanent solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

Seeing signs of presbyopia? Schedule a visit with your Flemington, NJ optometrist. Improved vision is worth it!

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