Presbyopia Definition and Care Options

Presbyopia Definition and Care Options

Are You Experiencing Presbyopia?

Finding it harder to read that smartphone close up without serious eye strain even with reading glasses? Eye drops not helping?  Is it easier to see things at arm's length or farther away at times?  Around age 40, most people will start to experience “presbyopia” which literally means “aging eye.”  Let's learn more about Presbyopia symptoms and treatment options.

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What is Presbyopia and When Does It Generally Start?

Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and it affects everyone, usually in both eyes but at times in one eye in cases of injury or other sicknesses or ailments, though presbyopia in one eye is very rare. Presbyopia is a type of Refractive Problem of the eye and is a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus, making it difficult to see objects close up.  This occurs when the lens of the eye is no longer able to change shape. This blurred vision typically takes place around age 40 but can present earlier or later in life and usually does not affect distance vision. 

Loss of Eye Lens Elasticity

The ability of the lens to change shape is called the elasticity of the lens. This elasticity is slowly lost as people age. The result is a slow decrease in the ability of the eye to correct vision to focus on nearby objects.

People who do not need glasses to see objects far away may only need half glasses or reading glasses. People who are nearsighted may be able to take off their distance glasses to read.

North Carolina EENT Can Help!

North Carolina EENT has offices in Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Roxboro for treatment of Presbyopia. 

To test for Presbyopia, your Ophthalmologist will perform a general eye exam, testing your close up and mid range vision. There is no cure for Presbyopia, but it can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, progressive lenses or adding bifocals to an existing lens prescription is enough; only your eye doctor can make the right prescription.

Contact us today!  

Make an appointment one of our nearby offices at the first sign of presbyopia symptoms to discuss treatment options with your eye doctor.  Whether bifocals or a contact lens solution, we will get you on the road to corrected vision in no time!

Correction options for Presbyopia

Text of images for screen readers: Presbyopia is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close. It is a normal part of aging. After turning 40, you will probably find that you hold reading materials farther away in order to see them clearly. Presbyopia occurs when eye's lens becomes more rigid and cannot change shape to focus as easily. There is no way to stop or reverse the normal aging process that causes presbyopia. But, presbyopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery.