What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a common eye condition among Americans. The eyes lose its ability to focus, making it difficult to see near objects. People age 40 are the ones usually experiencing it. And this causes the rise in the demand of contact lenses, eyeglasses, and in some cases even surgery for those in the older age group.
Who is at Risk for Presbyopia?
People usually notice the symptoms of presbyopia at around age 40. It is normal for people to acquire presbyopia as they age. This eye condition affects everyone.
What Causes Presbyopia?
The lens of the eyes is elastic. It adjusts its shape and length so it can focus on close objects. But as people age, lens becomes rigid and is less able to change form. This causes older people to slowly lose their eyes’ ability to focus on objects that are near.
What are the Symptoms of Presbyopia?
Symptoms of presbyopia include the need to hold reading materials farther away or at arm’s length so the eyes can focus properly. Their vision becomes blurred. A person is also likely to experience headaches and feel fatigued when doing near-object tasks such as handwriting.
How is Presbyopia Treated?
Presbyopia can be treated with corrective glasses or contact lenses. Wearing reading glasses may remedy the difficulty in seeing near objects. A person can also chose to wear corrective lenses on one eye only so the other could be used for far vision. Surgical procedures may be performed as well for those who are not comfortable wearing glasses or lenses.
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