If you feel the need to hold your mobile phone, iPad or newspaper further away when you’re trying to read them, you’re probably reaching an age when your near vision is becoming less effective. At first, this is annoying, but because it tends to occur quite gradually, you might not realise what is actually occurring.
Age-related vision changes aren’t unusual, and it’s something that affects everyone eventually, usually between the ages of 45 to 55. When we are young, the lens of the eye is soft and flexible, which allows the tiny muscles inside the eye to easily re-shape the lens to change from focussing on a far away object one moment and then re-focus to read fine print the next. As we become older, the crystalline lens of the eye starts to lose its natural elasticity, making it harder to focus on close-up objects.
There are a number of symptoms you’ll notice if presbyopia is beginning to affect your vision:
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it means it’s time for you to consider your vision options to make everyday reading easier and more comfortable.
Fortunately, the number of alternatives available to correct your vision because of presbyopia is much wider than ever before. The march of technology and constant research means you have a choice of solutions to consider. The first step to treat presbyopia is to visit your optometrist who can test your general eye health and determine the exact prescription you need to correct your vision.