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Battling 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. With the increasing worldwide population reaching older ages, a significant number of individuals develop the condition, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

The lenses of your eye curve to focus on objects at differing distances. Some theories are that as you grow older, that curvature diminishes because the natural lenses lose their give. This condition is known as presbyopia and is often noticed by blurred vision when focusing on things at close range. This often can start to take place any time after the age of 40. Sufferers often deal with near visual impairment by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they are looking at. Shifting from focusing on far away things to nearer ones can often be straining for those with presbyopia. The strain could add further discomfort by causing eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

The most popular corrections for presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressives (PALs). A bifocal lens has two points of focus, one is for viewing objects from a distance and the other part of the lens is for looking at objects nearby. Progressive addition lenses are similar to bifocal lenses, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual. Users will more easily adjust visual focus, as they could if they had uninhibited vision. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

If contacts are preferable, you might want to consider multifocal lenses. It may take a couple of attempts to figure out the optimal method and type of contacts since different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

There are also surgical options available that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. Many patients are most successful using a combination of treatments for presbyopia. Also, because your eyesight will continue to worsen with age, it is likely that you will need to continually adjust the strength of your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of research being done to identify other and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

If you are starting to see signs of presbyopia, book a check up with your Old Bridge, NJ eye doctor. Better eyesight is worth it!