Difficulty viewing and focusing on close objects is a common problem for most people over the age of 40. The condition is known as presbyopia, and is usually seen in individuals in their mid-40s and older. It’s important to understand how to treat presbyopia and relieve the symptoms, as it can affect people who already have vision problems, as well as those who don’t.
When the eye is healthy, the lens can properly focus light rays on the retina at the back of the eye, and sharpen the images. As light enters the eye, the lens changes shape, and this allows it to focus on objects at varying distances (learn more).
However, as we age the lens loses flexibility, and does not change shape easily. As a result, the light rays focus behind the retina rather than on it. This causes presbyopia, a condition characterized by the inability to focus up close.
Symptoms of presbyopia include blurry vision, especially when doing things like reading, which requires near vision.
How to treat Presbyopia
Presbyopia is usually treated with the use of corrective lenses. However, people who are nearsighted or farsighted and already wear corrective lenses, may require another pair of eyeglasses to remedy the problem. Alternatively, bifocal lenses may be prescribed.
Multifocal contact lenses may also be used to treat presbyopia, as they provide the wearer with excellent views for both near and far distances. They are therefore an easy, convenient option for people who lead an active lifestyle.
You can learn more about how to treat presbyopia, by contacting the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery. We are located in Lighthouse Point, FL, but also serve the greater Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton areas. Please call 954-786-5353 today, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Loeffler.