Presbyopia

Often confused with farsightedness (hyperopia), presbyopia is a refractive error that occurs when your eye’s lens loses flexibility. This causes difficulty seeing up close and is part of the normal aging process. Everyone develops presbyopia as they age, but it usually doesn’t start appearing until age 45 or later.

Common Presbyopia Symptoms & Causes

As your eye ages, its lens can harden, making it less flexible. When it’s less flexible, it’ll slowly stop correctly focusing light on your retina. When this happens, you’ll notice several visual problems like blurred vision. Here are some of the other symptoms to look out for:

Difficulty seeing up close
Eye strain
Headache
Needing reading materials to be farther away to see them clearly
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Treatments for Presbyopia

Presbyopia typically affects middle-aged or older adults, but symptoms don’t usually worsen after age 65. However, that doesn’t mean you have to live with presbyopia. At Optical Expressions, we offer several ways to correct it that span from eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions or LASIK. Talk with our doctors to determine which solution will work best for you.

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Whether you’re an adult over the age of 45 or are experiencing problems with your near vision, an appointment at Optical Expressions can help you achieve clear vision. Schedule your appointment today.

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