Have you ever found yourself needing to hold books, newspapers or menus at arms length in order to focus properly? Maybe computer work causes you headaches, or staring at your iPhone constantly leaves your eyes fatigued?  You may be experiencing a condition called presbyopia, a normal age-related change in your vision that affects your ability to see objects up close.

To understand this condition, imagine a video camera focused far away.  When you bring it to a close object it’s initially blurry before you hear the lens inside moving and the image becomes clear.  The eye works similarly, with a lens inside that changes shape and makes up close images clear.

When you are born, your lens has a large range of focus; but everyday since birth, the human eye can focus less and less.  It takes about 40 years for your lens to no longer be able to meet your near demands. And with more than 135 million Americans over the age of 40, more people than ever are experiencing blurry vision with reading. As the population ages, there is a growing need for vision correction to help with this ever-increasing problem.

Presbyopia, or the loss of focusing, affects everybody differently – but there is no avoiding it.  Some nearsighted people don’t realize that their focusing has decreased because they can see up close with no correction. And some people who are farsighted may experience symptoms even earlier.

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent or delay this normal change, it will happen no matter how you try to stop it.  So the best course of action is to see your Optometrist to explore what vision correction options will work best for you.

Presbyopia is a normal and common problem. This problem may be new to you, but as eye doctors, we have been managing presbyopia for a long time. In order to make your vision clear and comfortable, and to know all of your correction options, make an appointment with your Optometrist today. Remember, as my father says, “don’t wait until you have to stand on the newspaper in order to read it.”

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