Did you ever wonder why even people who never wore glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? With age, your eye’s lens grows increasingly inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. We call this presbyopia. It’s something that happens to us all.
To avoid eyestrain, people with untreated presbyopia tend to hold printed text at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Performing other close-range activities, for example, embroidery or handwriting, could also lead to eyestrain and discomfort in those who have developed presbyopia. For sufferers who are ready to do something about presbyopia, there are several options, whether you currently wear glasses, contacts or nothing at all.
An oft-used aid is reading glasses, though these are generally most useful for those who wear contacts or for people who don’t already need glasses for problems with distance vision. You can get these glasses basically anywhere, but you shouldn’t buy a pair before you’ve seen the results of a full eye examination. Lots of people don’t know that reading glasses may be handy for quick periods of reading but they can eventually lead to fatigue when people overwear them.
If you don’t want to switch back and forth between pairs of glasses, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. These are eyeglasses that have more than one point of focus, and the lower part of the lens contains a prescription to help you focus at close range. If you use contact lenses, call us to find out about multifocal contact lenses. There’s also a treatment approach known as monovision, where one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.
Expect to routinely check your prescriptions, because your eyes and vision change with age. But it’s also crucial to research your options before making choices about your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you’ve had refractive surgery.
We recommend you speak to your eye care professional for an informed perspective. Sight does not stay the same as you age and we want to keep you informed so you manage your vision in the way that’s best for you.