Understand Presbyopia

Posted on: 17 April 2012 by Gareth Hargreaves

Presbyopia is blurred near vision and will affect everybody sooner or later as they age.

PresbyopiaA natural part of the aging process, Presbyopia affects the ability to clearly see items held close to the face. Although it develops gradually, the effects can be felt suddenly.

Find out what the symptoms are, why we get presbyopia and what you can do if you have the condition.

What are the symptoms of Presbyopia?

  • Blurry vision of close objects
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Holding books at arm’s length
  • Trouble focussing on close items
  • Headaches and eyestrain when working close up

What are the causes of Presbyopia?

Although there are several theories about what causes Presbyopia, the most common is that as we age, the lens of our eyes becomes less flexible and the supporting muscles weaker. This means that the time it takes to change focus from near to far, or vice versa, lengthens.

Presbyopia develops over a number of years but the effects may be noticed suddenly.

Is there any way to avoid Presbyopia?

Unfortunately not. Presbyopia is a normal part of the aging process; there are no risks which may make the onset faster, or ways to prevent it.

What are the treatment options for Presbyopia?

There is no need to panic - all you need to do is drop into your nearest Specsavers for an eye test to determine which eyewear is right for you. Types of eyewear offered by Specsavers include:

If you need one prescription for distance vision and another for close work, then bifocals could be the answer. Two different strengths in the same lens means that you won’t have to worry about carrying two pairs of glasses with you.

Varifocals give you all the benefits of different prescriptions in the same lens, but without the tell-tale line that bifocals have. Varifocal lenses have a gradual change from your distance prescription to your close-up one, so they look just like ordinary glasses and you can use them for work, driving and when you go out.

Reading Glasses
When you need a little help to focus on the newspaper or your latest book, reading glasses offer a simple solution. With a prescription that helps keep the words pin-sharp, you can carry on enjoying the crossword or your favourite author.

Contact Lenses
When wearing glasses isn’t convenient try contact lenses from Specsavers. For sports or active recreation, or for when you want to change your outfit, Specsavers’ comfortable contact lenses give you more options. You can even have them with varifocal lenses.

Which eyewear is right for you?

If you need eyewear but don’t know which type will be best for you, your Specsavers optician will recommend various options. This easy-to-use tool will help you find your nearest Specsavers Optician.

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