What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia occurs when our eyes gradually lose their ability to focus on nearby objects. This very common, normal eye condition typically becomes noticeable when you are in your 40s and often gets worse as you get older. Researchers estimate that 2 billion people worldwide have presbyopia. Presbyopia is caused by the loss of elasticity in your crystalline lenses.

What are the symptoms of presbyopia?

Symptoms of presbyopia typically include the need to hold reading material or objects at arm’s distance, blurred vision at normal reading distance, and eyestrain after reading, regardless of the reading distance. It may also cause headaches.

How is presbyopia treated?

Presbyopia treatment includes eyeglasses, reading glasses, contact lenses and refractive lens exchange. For people over 40, eyeglasses with progressive lenses are the most popular solution for presbyopia. These progressive lenses can provide excellent vision at all distances. Eyeglasses with bifocal lenses can also allow for good distance and reading vision. Photochromic lenses and anti-reflective coatings, which darken automatically in sunlight, are a good choice for people who have trouble with glare. Reading glasses are another option and can be worn when you need to see nearby objects or small print more clearly. Contact lens wearers can choose multifocal contact lenses, as well. These prescription lenses will need to be strengthened over time as your presbyopia and near vision gradually worsen.

There are also surgical treatments. One presbyopia correction procedure is a refractive lens exchange, in which your crystalline lens is removed and replaced with a multifocal intraocular implant. Dr. Chocron will tell you if you are a candidate for this procedure.

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