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Treating Presbyopia

Visit your Virginia Beach, VA Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options

Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which the ability to focus on close objects becomes reduced. With the growing worldwide population of older adults, more and more individuals develop presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Your eye's lenses bend when focusing on objects at varying distances. Some theorize that with age, that elasticity is reduced since the natural lenses lose their give. This condition is known as presbyopia and is defined by difficulty focusing on things right before your eyes. This usually can start to take place around someone turns 40. Those with the condition usually deal with the situation by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing away from the object they are looking at. Transitions from focusing on far off objects to nearer ones can often be straining for people with presbyopia. This stress could add to one's discomfort by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most often bifocal lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to correct presbyopia. Bifocal lenses are separated into two points of focus, the main part of the lens has a prescription for seeing objects at a distance and the other part of the lens is for focusing on things nearby. Progressive lenses work similarly to bifocals, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual. Users can more easily adjust focus, as they could if they had normal sight. Another option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only as needed.

If contacts are preferred over glasses, you might want to consider multifocal contact lenses. It may take some time to come up with the optimal method and type of contacts because different lenses can have an effect on your comfort or distance vision.

There are also options for other procedures including surgery available that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. A significant number of people find the most success by using a combination of options for presbyopia. Furthermore, since your vision will likely get worse with age, it is likely that you will be required to continually adjust the strength of your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover other and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

Noticing signs of presbyopia? Call for an appointment with your Virginia Beach, VA optometrist. Improved vision is just a phone call away!