Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition characterized by the inability to focus up close. Presbyopia1 is a natural phenomenon and affects individuals over the age of 40.
As we grow older, the anatomy of our eyes begins to change. The lens of the youthful eye is a flexible structure, which gives it the ability to quickly adjust its shape in order to accurately focus light. Just as our aging skin loses it responsive elasticity, so does the aging lens. As a result, as we enter middle and old age, we gradually lose our ability to focus with precision.
If you have other vision disorders such as nearsightedness2 (myopia) or farsightedness3 (hyperopia), presbyopia will present itself alongside these other conditions.
The most recognizable sign of presbyopia is a reduced ability read to or perform tasks that require close work. This deterioration of vision can cause eye fatigue and headaches. Common signs of presbyopia include4:
A routine eye exam at Beach Eye with Dr. Khalil Semaan can confirm if you have presbyopia. During your eye evaluation, we will examine your cornea (the transparent front "window" of the eye) as well as the retina and optic nerve (tissues located at the back of the eye). Drops may be administered to dilate the pupils so that the back of the eye can be seen more easily.
The most common way to improve presbyopia is with corrective lenses. Refractive surgery, which can eliminate or minimize the need for corrective lenses, is also an option for some. Some corrective options are described are as follows:
The specialists at Beach Eye Medical Group can recommend the best corrective option for you. We offer customized solutions that address your vision and match your lifestyle.
As you age, it is important to have regular eye exams. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a routine eye exam every two to four years for individuals between the ages of 40 and 54. For individuals between 55 and 64, an eye exam should be performed every one to three years. For those over 65, an eye exam is recommended every year. Contact us to schedule your regular exam.
1 What Is Presbyopia? Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-presbyopia
2 Nearsightedness: What Is Myopia? Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/myopia-nearsightedness
3 Farsightedness: What Is Hyperopia? Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/hyperopia-farsightedness
4 Presbyopia. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/presbyopia/symptoms-causes/syc-20363328
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