Presbyopia is the loss of flexibility of the lens inside the eye, occurring as a natural part of the aging process. In younger years, the lens changes our focus from distance to near and back by changing its shape. As the lens ages in presbyopia, it thickens, becoming less flexible and our ability to focus on near objects and to read small print deteriorates. The first signs of presbyopia are that people will find themselves holding items further away and struggling to read in dim light.
Other symptoms of presbyopia may include tired eyes, eye strain and headaches alongside focusing difficulties.
Presbyopia typically starts in our forties but can happen earlier or later in some patients. Presbyopia is progressive so regular eye examinations are always recommended to maintain appropriate visual correction and good eye health.
Presbyopia cannot be prevented or cured but fortunately we have several ways of maintaining comfortable clear near vision with a variety of glasses and contact lenses that can be tailored to help with your unique visual requirements.
Glasses for Presbyopia
As well as single vision reading glasses focussed for close work or at the computer distance, there are several kinds of multifocal spectacle lenses designed to give clear vision at multiple distances for patients with presbyopia. These include distance to near (varifocal) progressive lenses which provide clear vision at distance, intermediate and near and occupational lenses for computer and reading. At Mahdi Opticals we can help you find the best lenses to suit your individual visual requirements and even tailor the lenses to minimise distortion based upon your specific posture and head and eye movements.