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All About Presbyopia

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Visit your Kennesaw, GA Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options

Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which the ability to focus on things at close range becomes reduced. As people worldwide are living longer, more and more individuals develop presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of your aging eye.

Theories about the cause of presbyopia are that the eyes' lenses will sometimes harden around the age of 40, making it more difficult for the eyes to focus in on an object, particularly an object close by. Sufferers usually manage with the reduced vision by holding the paper far away or standing at a distance from the object they are looking at. Transitions from focusing on far away objects to closer ones can often be straining for people with presbyopia. This stress can worsen the situation resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most commonly bifocals or progressives (PALs) are used to resolve presbyopia. Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions for vision, the main part of the lens has a prescription for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for seeing things nearby. Progressive lenses are similar to bifocal lenses, however the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no visible distinction between them. Users can more easily adjust focus, as they would having uninhibited sight. An alternative would be reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

If contacts are preferred over glasses, you might want to consider multifocal contacts. It may take some time to come up with the optimal use of contact lenses since different lenses can have an effect on your comfort or distance vision.

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 people find the most success by combining treatments for presbyopia. Also, because presbyopia will likely deteriorate as you get older, it is likely that you will be required to keep adjusting the strength of your correction. With the population growing older, there is a significant amount of research being done to discover additional and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

If you are starting to see symptoms of presbyopia, schedule a check up with your Kennesaw, GA eye doctor. Better vision can be yours!