What is presbyopia?
What can fix my reading problem of presbyopia?
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia (which literally means “aging eye”) is an age-related eye condition that makes it more difficult to see very close.
When you are young, the lens in your eye is soft and flexible. The lens of the eye changes its shape easily, allowing you to focus on objects both close and far away.
After the age of 40, the lens becomes more rigid. Because the lens can’t change shape as easily as it once did, it is more difficult to read at close range. This normal condition is called presbyopia.
- Decreased focusing ability for near objects
Signs and tests
The health care provider will perform a general eye examination, including measurements to determine a prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
Tests may include:
- Examination of the retina
- Muscle integrity test
- Refraction test
- Slit Lamp test
- Visual Acuity
There is no cure for presbyopia, but it can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, adding bifocals to an existing lens prescription is enough. As the ability to focus up close worsens, the bifocal prescription needs to be changed.