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Presbyopia (Aging Eyes & Vision)

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What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the result of your body’s natural ageing process that gradually degrades our ability to focus up close. Both men and women will eventually develop presbyopia, typically beginning around the age of 40 and continuing until age 65. .

For the first few decades of your life, the crystalline lens inside the eye  is soft and flexes easily. This ability to flex allows you to focus accurately and quickly on the world around you, near or far. The body’s ageing process diminishes your eyes ability to focus as the lens naturally begins to harden and you can expect increased difficulty in reading computer screens and books.  .

What Are the Symptoms of Presbyopia?

You will experience a gradual onset of symptoms as you age. They typically present around 40 years old.

Symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision when transitioning from looking at an object near you to an object further away
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Eye strain
  • Eye fatigue, especially after long periods of reading or digital screen useage
  • Headaches

How is Presbyopia Treated?

Presbyopia is one of easier eye conditions to treat. It certainly doesn’t need be a life sentence of blurry vision.

  • Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses – The simplest form of treatment. Since presbyopia advances with age, your prescription will need to be increased over time.
  • Corrective Eye Surgery – A great option for viable candidates. There will not be a need for eyeglasses or contact lenses post-surgery for an appreciable length of time. As always, results will vary for each patient as it is dependant on their individual ageing process.

Corrective surgery will not be a permanent solution to your presbyopia, but it will remove the need to carry around glasses and wear contacts for many years.