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Many adults eventually begin to experience presbyopia or an impaired ability to focus on objects that are close, as they age. As people worldwide are living longer a significant number of individuals develop the condition, which currently cannot be escaped.

Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the human eye will begin to toughen by age 40, making it more difficult for eyes to focus on an object, especially an object close by. Those with presbyopia often cope with the reduced vision by holding the paper far away or standing away from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from looking at distant objects to nearer ones can often be strenuous for people with presbyopia. This tension can worsen the situation by causing eye strain, fatigues or headaches.

Most commonly bifocal lenses or progressives (PALs) are used to deal with presbyopia. Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, the upper portion is for distance vision and the lower portion of the lens is for focusing on objects nearby. Progressive addition lenses use the same principal as bifocal lenses, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible line between them. Wearers will more easily change their focus, as they might with uninhibited eyesight. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

Presbyopes can also opt for multifocal contacts or monovision lens correction (when one eye is prescribed a correction for distance vision and the other near vision) to correct the vision impairment. It may take a few tries to come up with the optimal use of contact lenses because different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

Additionally, there are options for other procedures including surgery that could be considered that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. A significant number of patients are most successful combining treatments for presbyopia. Furthermore, since your vision will likely deteriorate as you age, you will probably be required to continually adjust your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be quite a bit of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover more effective solutions for patients with presbyopia.

Seeing symptoms of presbyopia? Book a visit with your Myrtle Beach, SC eye doctor. Better vision is just a quick call away!