Are you struggling to focus on small print up close?
If you are struggling with focusing up close – you may have Presbyopia. Whilst this sounds like an exotic rare condition, you will find that you are most definitely not alone.
It can be worrying when your vision starts to change but Presbyopia is both normal and common – in fact, it happens to most of us when we’re still quite young, usually beginning in our forties. If you suspect that you may be Presbyopic, a Practitioner can check and confirm this for you.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia happens due to a change with the lens inside the eye. This is not something that you can prevent or something you will have caused to happen. The lens inside the eye naturally becomes thicker and stiffens over time. To change our focus from distance to near, or back again, we change the shape of the lens within our eye. As the lens thickens and loses flexibility, our ability to change its shape reduces.
As Presbyopia progresses, you may find that you struggle more in low light, if you are tired or with certain coloured text. It’s not always just reading that you might struggle with. You may find that it’s more difficult to see your watch, or that your dinner plate is slightly out of focus. It typically starts in our forties but can happen earlier or later in some patients. Presbyopia will happen regardless of whether you already wear contact lenses, spectacles, or not.
What are the symptoms?
In early Presbyopia, you may find that focus adjustments are slower – or feel more of an effort. Sometimes patients notice it more in dim lighting, or if they are tired. Certain colours of text on packaging can be more difficult to see clearly than black and white print. Often patients will find themselves simply holding items further away than they would do normally to help them see clearly. The symptoms and when you notice the problems will vary depending on your individual lifestyle. You may for example, notice the problems only at home in the evening and be fine at work, or with certain fine detailed hobbies. Some patients may start to experience eye strain or headaches alongside the focussing difficulties.
How do I know if I have Presbyopia?
An eye examination with an Eye Care Practitioner will confirm this for you. They will perform a series of vision assessments and health checks to confirm if the focusing difficulty is due to the onset of Presbyopia. Presbyopia is progressive so regular eye examinations are always recommended to maintain good vision and eye health.
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What can I do about Presbyopia?
There are fantastic options available to help you maintain good clear vision and your Practitioner will be happy to discuss all of these with you. There are both contact lenses and spectacle options available which can continue to provide you with clear vision at all distances. The innovative 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses is a lens uniquely designed to give great comfort and provide clear vision at all distances – near, far and in between.
Presbyopia itself cannot be ‘cured’ but its onset should not restrict the way you live your life.
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