Presbyopia is a natural part of aging. When you are around age 40, certain changes happen in your eyes. The lenses get thicker. The muscles around the lenses get weaker. And light entering the eye is focused behind the retina instead of on it.
These changes make it harder to read and focus on things that are up close. It may be harder to see in low light or when you are tired. You could also have headaches or eye strain.
Eyeglasses or contact lenses can help. If you did not wear glasses or contacts before, you may be able to use reading glasses that you buy without a prescription. Ask your eye doctor about those.
If you already wear glasses or contacts, you may need a new prescription. This prescription may change over time if your vision gets worse.
Sometimes surgery is used to treat presbyopia.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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