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Treating Presbyopia

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Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. As people around the world are reaching older ages, a larger number of individuals are developing presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the human eye will begin to harden around age forty, making it harder for eyes to focus in on something, particularly something nearby. Sufferers often deal 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 away things to nearer ones can often be strenuous for those with presbyopia. The stress could worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most of the time bifocals or progressives (PALs) are used to resolve this problem. Bifocal lenses are divided into two points of focus, the upper portion is for viewing objects from a distance and a second, lower portion for focusing on things nearby. Progressive addition lenses work similarly to bifocal lenses, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible distinction between them. Users will more easily change visual focus, as they could if they had uninhibited vision. Another option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only as needed.

If contacts are preferable, you might want to consider multifocal lenses. It may take a few tries to figure out the best method and type of contacts due to the fact that different lenses can have an effect on your comfort or distance vision.

There are also surgical options that could be considered that you may want to discuss with your optometrist. A significant number of people find the most success by combining options for presbyopia. Additionally, since your eyesight will continue to deteriorate with age, it is likely that you will need to continually adjust your prescription. The positive news is, there is quite a bit of research being done to identify more and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

If you are starting to notice symptoms of presbyopia, schedule a check up with your San Diego, CA eye doctor. Better eyesight is only a call away!