Ever wonder why many people over 40 usually wear reading glasses? As time passes, your eye's lens is likely to become more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia.
Those with untreated presbyopia tend to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Additionally, engaging in other close-range tasks, such as crafts or writing, can also lead to headaches, eyestrain or fatigue in those suffering from presbyopia. In order to treat presbyopia, it's reassuring to know that there are several alternatives, regardless of whether you currently wear glasses, contacts or nothing at all.
A common aid is reading glasses, though these are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don't already need glasses for problems with distance vision. These are readily available, but it is not recommended to purchase a pair until you have the advice of an eye care professional. A lot of people aren't aware that reading glasses may be helpful for brief periods of time but they can eventually result in fatigue when people wear them for a long time. Custom made readers are generally a superior solution. They can address additional eye issues such as rectify astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions which are not necessarily the same in both eyes, and, the optic centers of the lenses are adjusted to fit the wearer. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual's needs.
If you already wear glasses, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. PALs and multi-focals are eyeglasses with more than one point of focus; the lower portion helps you see things at close range. If you wear contact lenses, meet with us to find out about multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment technique which is called monovision. Monovision is when each eye is fitted with a different kind of lens; one for distance vision and one for close vision.
You will need to periodically adjust the strength of your lenses, because eyes change with age. But it's also necessary to understand your options before making choices about your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.
Ask your optometrist for an unbiased perspective. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.