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Tackling Presbyopia

Visit your Saginaw, MI Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options

Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. As people around the world are reaching older ages, a larger number of people develop presbyopia, which currently cannot be escaped.

Your eye's lenses bend to focus on objects at varying distances. Some theories are that with age, that elasticity gets diminished since the lenses harden. This phenomenon is known as presbyopia and is often noticed by blurred vision when focusing on things right before your eyes. This often can start to happen around the age of forty. Sufferers often deal with the situation by holding a newspaper away from their eyes or standing at a distance from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from focusing on far away things to nearer ones can often be tiring for those with presbyopia. The stress might add further discomfort by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most often bifocals or progressives (PALs) are worn to resolve presbyopia. Bifocal lenses are divided into two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the lower portion of the lens is for focusing on things that are close by. PALs work similarly to bifocals, however they provide a more gradual gradient between the two prescriptions and have no visible line between them. Users can more easily adjust visual focus, as they could with uninhibited eyesight. An alternative would be reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only as needed.

Presbyopes can also consider multifocal contact lenses or monovision lens correction (in which one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to correct their condition. Different individuals react differently to multifocal lenses, so it may take some time to decide if and in what combination they work for you.

Additionally, there are options for other procedures including surgery available that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. A lot of people find the most success by combining treatments for presbyopia. Also, since your eyesight will continue to get worse with age, you will probably need to keep adjusting your correction. The positive news is, there continues to be a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover additional effective treatments for presbyopia.

Seeing signs of presbyopia? Book a visit with your Saginaw, MI optometrist. A return to normal eyesight is worth it!

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