What is Presbyopia?Presbyopia Diagram

Having Difficulty Reading Restaurant Menus?

Your eyes, just like every other part of your body, change as you age. When you reach your mid-40s, the natural lens in your eye starts to lose flexibility and hardens. This prevents the lens from flexing as needed in order to focus on near and far distances. This condition is called presbyopia, or “elder’s eye” and leads to the need for reading glasses.

Symptoms of Presbyopia

  • Difficulty reading fine print, particularly in low light conditions
  • Eyestrain when reading for long periods
  • Blurred near vision
  • Difficulty transitioning between viewing distances from close to far
  • The feeling that your arms have become “too short” to hold reading material at a comfortable distance

Presbyopia can be corrected in different ways, including:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter reading glasses
  • “Blended Vision” surgery, where one eye is corrected for near vision and the other eye for distance vision
  • Replacement Intraocular Lenses (IOLs), much like cataract surgery

To learn more about presbyopia, contact us today to schedule an eye exam.