Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the crystalline lens of your eye loses its flexibility,
which makes it difficult for you to focus on close objects.
Presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a
number of years. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s. Presbyopia is a
natural part of the aging process of the eye. It is not a disease, and it cannot be prevented.
Some signs of presbyopia include the tendency to hold reading materials at arm’s length, blurred
vision at normal reading distance and eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work.
A comprehensive optometric examination will include testing for presbyopia.
To help you compensate for presbyopia, your optometrist can prescribe reading glasses, bifocals,
trifocals or contact lenses. Because presbyopia can complicate other common vision conditions
like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, your optometrist will determine the
specific lenses to allow you to see clearly and comfortably. You may only need to wear your
glasses for close work like reading, but you may find that wearing them all the time is more
convenient and beneficial for your vision needs.
Because the effects of presbyopia continue to change the ability of the crystalline lens to focus
properly, periodic changes in your eyewear may be necessary to maintain clear and comfortable