Just like your body, your eyes and vision change over time. You may have never needed eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision then, but now experiencing near vision problems after age 40. It calls for concern and is frustrating. You begin to feel like you've abruptly lost the ability to read the newspaper or see the cell phone numbers.
Beginning in the early to mid-40s, many adults may slowly start to have problems seeing small prints clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. This is among the most common problems experienced. This normal change in the eye's focusing ability due to aging is called Presbyopia. When presbyopia begins, people will squint or hold reading materials at arm's length to help their eyes focus. Eye strain, headache, and fatigue are common symptoms of presbyopia. The reason you are noticing changes later in life is that changes in your focusing power have been occurring gradually since childhood. When you were young, the lens was soft and flexible, easily changing shape. That lets you focus on objects both close-up and far away. After age 40, the lens becomes more rigid. It cannot change shape as easily.
TREATMENTS FOR PRESBYOPIA
Common options for presbyopia are:
Reading glasses or readers
Bifocal, trifocal or progressive eyeglasses
Refractive eye surgery
WHAT CAN ONE DO TO PROTECT THEIR EYESIGHT?
Healthy diet and periodic eye checkups to avoid vision problems.
COMMON AGE-RELATED VISION CHANGES
These are some of the most common vision changes associated with age:
Needing more light to see clearly
Greater difficulty seeing to read and do close work.
Increased sensitivity to glare.
Slight changes in color perception.
Reduced tear production.
PRESBYOPIA IS A NORMAL CHANGE IN OUR EYES AS WE AGE, ITS A SIGN OF AGING THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE AND DIFFICULT TO HIDE.
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