What is Presbyopia?

This condition usually occurs around the age of 40, and you’ll notice that your arms just don’t seem to be long enough anymore.

What is Presbyopia?

A normal aging process, called presbyopia, occurs around age 40. It is believed to stem from a gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye. These age-related changes occur within the proteins in the lens, making the lens harder and less elastic over time. Age-related changes also take place in the muscle fibers surrounding the lens. With less elasticity, the eye has a harder time focusing up close.

Symptoms and Signs

As people develop presbyopia, they find they need to hold books, smart phones and other reading materials further away. Eventually you may need to hold material at arm’s length in order to focus properly. When they perform near work, such as embroidery or handwriting, they may develop headaches, eye strain or feel fatigued.

The Facts

  1. You can’t escape presbyopia, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before.reading glasses
  2. Eye exercises will not stop or improve the lens flexibility as it is a change in the lens protein.
  3. Wearing reading glasses will not stop or accelerate this process.
  4. As you get older your readers will need to get stronger.
  5. Even people who are nearsighted will notice that their near vision blurs when they wear their usual eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision.

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