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Tackling Presbyopia

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Many adults eventually experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things that are close, as they age. With the increasing worldwide population of older adults, a significant number of people develop the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.

Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the eye will begin to thicken by the age of forty, making it more difficult for eyes to focus on an object, particularly something close by. Sufferers often cope with the reduced vision by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from focusing on far away things to nearer ones is often tiring for those with presbyopia. This tension can worsen the situation by causing eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

The most popular solutions for dealing with presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs). A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, one is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for seeing objects nearby. PALs work similarly to bifocal lenses, but they provide a more gradual transition between the separate prescriptions. Users will more easily shift focus, as they could if they had normal eyesight. An alternative would be reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only as needed.

Presbyopes can also opt for multifocal contact lenses or monovision lens correction (when one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to improve their condition. It may take a couple of attempts to decide upon the optimal method and type of contact lenses because different prescriptions can cause discomfort or blurriness.

There are also options for other procedures including surgery available that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. A lot of patients are most successful using a combination of options for presbyopia. Also, since your vision will likely worsen with age, it is likely that you will need to continually adjust your prescription. With the population growing older, there continues to be a significant amount of research being done to discover other effective solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

If you are starting to notice signs of presbyopia, book an appointment with your Bronx, NY optometrist. Better vision is just a quick call away!