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Changes: Managing Presbyopia

Did you ever wonder why older people prefer books with larger font sizes? Because as you age, your eye's lens becomes less flexible, making it harder to focus on near objects. This is called presbyopia. It's something that happens to us all.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia tend to hold reading material at arm's length in order to focus properly. Additionally, performing other close-range activities, such as needlepoint or handwriting, can also result in headaches, eyestrain or fatigue in people with presbyopia. For people who are ready to deal with presbyopia, there are a few alternatives, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

Reading glasses are helpful but are mostly useful for contact lens wearers or for people who don't need to wear glasses for correcting distance vision. These are readily available, but it is not recommended to get them until you have been examined by your eye care professional. A lot of people don't know that reading glasses may help for brief blocks of reading time but they can result in fatigue with extended use. Custom made readers are often a more helpful solution. They can also correct astigmatism, accommodate prescriptions which are not necessarily the same in both of your eyes, and, the optic centers of every lens can be made to fit the wearer. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual's needs.

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 are very popular. Essentially, these are eyeglasses that have more than one point of focus; the bottom section helps you see text and tasks at close distances. If you wear contacts, speak to us to discuss multifocal contact lenses. There's also a treatment technique which is called monovision. Monovision is when you wear a contact lens to correct near sightedness in one eye and another to correct far sightedness in the other eye.

Since your vision continues to change as time goes on, you can anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. However, it's also crucial to research all the options before making choices about your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.

We recommend you speak to your eye doctor for an unbiased perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.

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