Presbyopia is an age-related refractive error that causes people to have trouble seeing objects up close. It typically affects people in middle age and can be managed with eyeglasses and regular or specialty contact lenses.
Read on as we explain everything you need to know about presbyopia.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptom of presbyopia is compromised short-range vision. As you reach middle age, you may notice that you need to hold reading materials at arm’s length to see the words clearly. Other symptoms include headaches, eye strain, visual fatigue and discomfort when engaging in close-range work like reading or working on the computer. If you experience these symptoms on a regular basis, you should visit an eye care specialist for a comprehensive eye exam.
Main Cause of Presbyopia
Age is the major culprit behind presbyopia. The muscles in our eyes contract every time we look at something close, such as when we read. As we get older, the natural lenses inside our eyes lose their elasticity and become thinner. This reduction in flexibility impairs short-range vision, leading to presbyopia.
There are three treatments available for presbyopia: eyeglasses with progressive lenses, multifocal contact lenses and surgery. Eyeglasses are the most popular option because they’re affordable and convenient. To determine which option would be best for you, you should undergo an eye exam and your eye doctor will offer guidance.
Aucello Eye Care Center offers a wide range of treatment options for presbyopia and many other eye conditions. We can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose presbyopia and then offer custom treatment options to suit your specific needs and preferences. Call us at (860) 644-4362 for residents in South Windsor or (860) 667-2020 for those in Newington. We serve patients in Newington and West Hartford, CT, and nearby areas.