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Treating Presbyopia

Visit your Tupelo, MS Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options

Many adults eventually experience presbyopia or an impaired ability to see objects at a close range, as they get older. With the growing worldwide population of older adults, a significant number of people develop presbyopia, which currently cannot be escaped.

Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the human eye will begin to thicken around age 40, making it harder for eyes to focus on an object, especially something nearby. Those with the condition usually manage with near visual impairment by holding a book far away or standing back from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from looking at distant objects to closer ones is often tiring for those with presbyopia. The tension can worsen the situation resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most popular corrections for presbyopia are bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs). Bifocal lenses are divided into two points of focus, the upper portion is for viewing things from a distance and the other part of the lens is for seeing things that are close by. PALs work similarly to bifocals, but the transitions between the two prescriptions are more gradual and have no clear distinction between them. Wearers will more easily change their focus, as they might with uninhibited vision. An alternative would be reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only when needed.

Presbyopes can also use multifocal contacts or monovision lens correction (in which one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to correct the vision impairment. Different individuals respond in different ways to multifocal lenses, so it may take a while to determine if and in what combination they work for you.

There are also surgical options available that may be worth discussing with your optometrist. Many patients find the most success by combining treatments for presbyopia. Also, since your vision will likely worsen with age, it is likely that you will be required to keep adapting your prescription. With the population growing older, there is quite a bit of research being done to discover other effective solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

Noticing symptoms of presbyopia? Schedule an appointment with your Tupelo, MS eye doctor. Improved vision is worth it!