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What matters most in Presbyopia – early warning signs and treatment, according to expert

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Presbyopia is the progressive deterioration of your eyes’ ability to focus on objects in close proximity. It’s a normal, albeit unpleasant, aspect of growing older. What are some of the early warning signs to look out for?

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the gradual loss of the eyes’ capacity to focus on surrounding objects as people age, caused by a decrease in the flexibility of the eye lens.

Sara Behar, an optometrist and clinical development coach at Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists in the south region, talks about the disease.

As explained by the expert, Presbyopia is the gradual loss of the eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects, caused by an increased lack of flexibility in the eye lens as people age.

What is the main cause of Presbyopia?

 “As we get older, the eye lens becomes harder and less elastic and when this happens, it can no longer change shape to focus on close-up images. As a result, images, text or screens appear out of focus,” Sara added.

“The condition is a natural, often frustrating part of aging that eventually affects everyone. It typically presents in individuals aged 40 years and above and continues to worsen until a person reaches their mid-60s.”

She went on to say that while about two-thirds of people in that age group acknowledge having symptoms linked with the disease, only around half of those in that age group have the disease itself.

What are the main symptoms of Presbyopia?

She highlighted: Often, the first sign of presbyopia is when you start to hold books, newspapers or your smartphone further away – at arm’s length – to read them more clearly. 

“Some of the other common visual symptoms are having difficulty reading small print or focusing on objects that are near, requiring brighter light when reading, or having eye strain or headache when reading or doing work close up.”

What is the correction of presbyopia?

“Thankfully, presbyopia is a common and easily correctable condition,” she said.

“The treatment for presbyopia should always be to use lenses – whether in glasses or as contacts – to compensate for the inability of the eyes to focus on nearby objects.

“But first, it’s important to have a comprehensive eye examination to confirm presbyopia.

“You should then be advised on the best solution for your eyes, based on your lifestyle, to manage presbyopia. 

“If you’re diagnosed with presbyopia, it’s essential that you continue to receive regular eye examinations and contact lens reviews.

“This is to help monitor the condition and ensure your prescription is tailored to you, your eyes and the environments you live and work within.”

What are the other treatment options for presbyopia correction?

  • Reading glasses
  • Bifocals
  • Trifocals
  • Progressive lenses
  • Contact lenses
  • Surgery.

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