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All About Presbyopia

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Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with age in which close range vision becomes significantly reduced. With the growing worldwide population reaching older ages, a larger number of people develop the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.

Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the eyes' lenses will often thicken around age 40, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus in on something, particularly an object close by. Those with presbyopia usually cope with near visual impairment by holding a newspaper away from their eyes or standing away from the object they are looking at. Transitions from looking at far away things to nearer ones are often straining for people with presbyopia. This stress could add to one's discomfort resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most popular solutions for correcting presbyopia are bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs). A bifocal lens has two points of focus, the upper portion is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for looking at things that are close by. PALs use the same principal as bifocals, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible distinction between them. Users can more easily shift focus, as they might, if they had normal eyesight. A third option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

If contact lenses are preferred over glasses, there are other options such as multifocal contact lenses. Different individuals react differently to multifocal lenses, so it may take some time to figure out if and in what combination they work for you.

In addition, there are options for other procedures including surgery available that you may want to discuss with your optometrist. A significant number of patients find the most success by combining options for presbyopia. Furthermore, because presbyopia will continue to worsen as you get older, it is likely that you will be required to continually adjust the strength of your prescription. With the population growing older, there is a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover more effective solutions for patients with presbyopia.

If you are beginning to notice signs of presbyopia, book an appointment with your Nashua, NH eye doctor. A return to normal eyesight is worth it!


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