Presbyopia, or age-related up-close reading vision loss
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia, or age-related up-close reading vision loss, is an eye condition that starts to become noticeable around the age of 40. One of the most common symptoms of presbyopia is a difficulty focusing on objects from near distances, like looking at a smartphone screen.
Most people temporarily correct this type of blurry vision by wearing reading glasses from the pharmacy or holding reading material at arm’s length to see text more clearly. However, this comes with its share of inconveniences—namely, remembering to carry your reading glasses with you everywhere you go.
What causes presbyopia?
Presbyopic vision is caused by age and it is an almost inevitable part of getting older. Unlike other refractive errors, like myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, which are a result of the shape or length of the eye, presbyopia eventually affects almost everyone. This particular eye condition is caused by a loss of elasticity and gradual hardening of the eye’s natural lens (a biconvex, transparent structure located behind the iris and the pupil). With presbyopia, people normally start having trouble with their reading vision once they’re in their 40s.
Is presbyopia common?
Yes. Nearly 100% of the population will experience symptoms of presbyopia as they age.
Some early symptoms of presbyopia may include:
Increasing the font size on your device screen
Squinting and straining to see fineprint
Holding reading material at arm's length
Needing brighter lighting
Tired, fatigued eyes
Does presbyopia continue getting worse?
Unfortunately, presbyopia is degenerative and will continue progressing if left untreated. While reading glasses, progressive lenses, and bifocals provide temporary relief, these are not long-term solutions.
Risks of presbyopia
While there are a few risks tied to presbyopia, leaving the condition unchecked can ultimately have an impact on your daily routine. Some outside factors may be linked to early onset presbyopia, such as diabetes. People with hyperopia (farsightedness) may also experience presbyopic symptoms earlier than those with myopia or no vision prescription at all.
Does LASIK MD treat presbyopia?
Yes. LASIK MD offers a long-term solution called PresbyVisionTM to treat presbyopia. This surgical option helps you discover freedom from your reading glasses, bifocals and contact lenses so you can see clearly from near, intermediate, and far distances. Find out if you are for a candidate for a PresbyVisionTM procedure.
If you are looking for a solution to your age-related up-close reading vision loss, LASIK MD can help.
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