Similar to farsightedness, Presbyopia results in a person’s inability to focus to see objects that are near. However, that is where the similarities end. While farsightedness occurs as a result of the shape of the eyeball, which causes the light entering the eye to focus incorrectly, Presbyopia is the blurring of one’s vision as the result of the normal aging of the eye’s lens.
As the eye ages, its lens begins to lose its flexibility and the ability to focus to see objects that are near.
Symptoms of Presbyopia
Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and will affect everyone at some point in life. Symptoms of Presbyopia generally begin to appear around the age 40 and include:
1. The inability to read materials at normal distance. Because of this, those suffering from Presbyopia can often be seen holding reading materials at arm’s length in order to see them more clearly.
2. Those with Presbyopia are also likely to suffer from headaches or fatigue as the result of doing close work.
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor – Ophthalmologist or Optometrist – at your earliest convenience. He or she will inspect your eyes for common eye diseases and other problems affecting your vision, such as Presbyopia.
While there is no cure for Presbyopia, the effects of the eye disease are easily manageable using prescription glasses, contact lenses, reading glasses, progressive addition lenses, or bifocals. And now, there is even a surgical procedure, called keratoplasty, to treat Presbyopia. This FDA approved surgery, utilizes radio waves to reshape the cornea and thus improve vision.
Talk to your eye doctor to find out which treatment method is right for you.
To learn more about Presbyopia, please contact board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists at Anne Arundel Eye Center by calling 410-224-2010 or click here to visit AnneArundelEyeCenter.com. Staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals, our state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
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Source: Presbyopia and your Eyes WebMD