what is Presbyopia?
After an individual passes 40 years of age, their short-range vision, unfortunately, starts to blur. This condition is called presbyopia, and it affects the ability to focus on objects that are close up. Presbyopia is a common part of getting older because as we age, the lenses in our eyes just start to lose flexibility. A notable sign of presbyopia is noticing that you need to position objects away from the eyes to be able to make them out. Other signs include headaches or eyestrain after performing tasks, such as reading or using a computer, which previously did not cause any issue. At Baton Rouge Eye Physicians, we offer several treatment options that can help improve your eyesight. If you are suffering from age-related vision loss, contact our office in Baton Rouge, LA today to set up an appointment.
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What are the symptoms and causes of presbyopia?
The primary symptom of presbyopia is difficulty seeing objects that are close up. This can make tasks like reading or using a computer very difficult. It can even cause headaches or eye strain, causing patients to position objects away from their eyes in order to see them better. The main cause of presbyopia is simply age – as we get older, the lenses in our eyes become less flexible, which makes it difficult to focus on close objects. Fortunately, Baton Rouge Eye Physician can diagnose and treat presbyopia so you can regain clear vision.
Diagnosis and Treatment for presbyopia
A comprehensive eye exam will need to be performed in order to effectively diagnose presbyopia. During this time, we will conduct a series of vision tests to establish the degree of the presbyopia and measure the level of correction you need. Typically, patients manage their presbyopia using prescription eyeglasses with certain types of lenses. Among these special lenses, bifocal and progressive lenses are the most frequently chosen. Each of these types can also be a great option if you have one or more refractive errors besides presbyopia. Some men and women with presbyopia like to just use reading glasses (often called readers) and remove them when they aren't using them for up-close tasks. Other treatment options include multifocal contacts, monovision contacts, and corrective eye surgery.
What causes presbyopia?
As you age, the lens of your eye hardens. As the lens becomes less flexible, it makes it more difficult to focus on objects and images that are close up, making them appear blurry. This naturally occurring condition is known as presbyopia.
How common is presbyopia?
Very common, in fact, some studies estimate that presbyopia affects as many as two billion people worldwide. Many people will begin to experience the symptoms of presbyopia in their 40s and 50s with it continuing until about the age of 65.
What are the symptoms of presbyopia?
The most common symptom of presbyopia is difficulty focusing on close-up objects, especially writing or type. Some other symptoms include:
- Eye strain after reading
- Difficulty reading small print
- Needing more light to read or do close work
- Holding reading material at arm’s length
- Problems focusing on near objects
Can you cure presbyopia?
There is no cure for presbyopia, but it can be treated. Treatments for presbyopia include prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and presbyopia surgery.
FIGHT AGE-RELATED VISION LOSS
If you are over the age of 40 and are having trouble with close-up vision, presbyopia may likely be the cause. Presbyopia is a normal, age-related condition. It is very common and fully manageable with the right glasses or contacts. At Baton Rouge Eye Physicians, our highly skilled team of eye care professionals can help you reduce the challenges of declining near vision. Get in touch with us today at our Baton Rouge, LA office for your full eye exam.
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