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Middle Age and Presbyopia

Ever wonder why many people around 50 need to wear reading glasses? Because as you age, your eye's lens becomes more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. This is called presbyopia. And it's universal.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold reading material at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other close-range activities, for example, needlepoint or handwriting, may also result in eyestrain and discomfort in those suffering from this condition. For sufferers who are ready to deal with presbyopia, it's comforting to know that there are several solutions available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are good but are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for those who don't wear glasses for correcting distance vision. You can get these basically anywhere, but you shouldn't get them until you have been examined by an optometrist. Unfortunately, these sorts of reading glasses may be handy for quick periods of time but they can lead to eyestrain when people overwear them.

If you already have glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people find very beneficial. PALs and multi-focals are eyeglasses with separate points of focus, and the lower part of the lens is where there is a prescription to help you focus on things right in front of you. If you wear contact lenses, speak to us about multifocal contact lenses. There's also a treatment technique called monovision, where you wear one contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

Plan to periodically adjust the strength of your lenses, because eyes slowly change over time. But it's also important to research all the options before making choices about your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery.

Have to chat with your eye doctor for an unbiased perspective. Sight changes as you reach middle age and we want to help you manage that in the way that's best for you.