Baby boomers and Gen-Xers are some of the biggest populations in the United States. One very common sign of aging in these generations is presbyopia. This is an issue with focusing, unrelated to nearsightedness or farsightedness. Even people who have experienced perfect vision their entire life cannot escape presbyopia. Although it typically begins around age 40, this varies by individuals which makes having annual eye exams important to your vision.
One of the most common symptoms of presbyopia is holding reading materials farther away from your eyes. It’s thought to be caused by the gradual thickening of your lens inside the eye. Your lens also loses flexibility over time, from aging and environmental factors. However, there are many other theories about this phenomenon. Adults who already wear corrective lenses may find that they need variable focus lenses when they are diagnosed with presbyopia.
You may not be able to avoid presbyopia, but there are many treatment options:
Over-the-counter reading glasses
Custom reading glasses
Although over-the-counter reading glasses are one option, custom lenses are a better choice. Most commonly, the reason you need reading glasses is natural aging. However, it could be a more serious issue with your eyes. Your doctor can make sure your prescription fits your needs. Reading glasses and computer glasses are different, because of the distance from the screen and page custom made presbyopia lenses are the best choice. Expect to need stronger reading glasses as you age. Your eye care provider should continue to monitor the changes in your vision.
Presbyopia may be a rite of passage for those over 40, but it doesn’t have to limit your lifestyle. Call Primary EyeCare at (320) 587-4744 (Hutchinson), (320) 693-9333 (Litchfield) or (763) 777-9393 (Delano) or contact us through our easy online form for an appointment with an eye doctor to find the solution which fits your needs.