All About Presbyopia

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Around the age of 40, most adults will start experiencing signs of presbyopia.  It is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close.  The tell-tale sign  may be when you notice yourself needing to hold things further away to read them.  Although it may be very irritating, it is a normal part of aging.

Ever wondered what changes are going inside your eyes?!  Well, your clear lens sits inside the eye behind your colored iris. It changes shape to focus light onto the retina so you can see. When you are young, the lens is soft and flexible, easily changing shape. This lets you focus on objects both close-up and far away. After age 40, the lens becomes more rigid. It cannot change shape as easily. This makes it harder to read, thread a needle, or do other close-up tasks.

There is no way to stop or reverse the normal aging process that causes presbyopia. However, presbyopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. If you do not correct presbyopia, you may be bothered by headaches and eye strain.