Presbyopia: What Is It, Causes, and Treatment Options
Are you 40 years of age or older and having trouble focusing clearly on objects up close, like your phone, tablet, or medicine bottles? If so, you are likely experiencing presbyopia.
In this article, I'll review what presbyopia is, causes of the condition, and popular treatment options.
What is presbyopia?
Just like a camera, your eye has a lens inside of it that allows you to focus on objects up close. Over time, your lens loses its flexibility, resulting in a gradual decrease in the clarity of your near vision.
This natural focusing decline impacts everyone at some point in life and is known as presbyopia.
What are the symptoms of presbyopia?
If you’re experiencing the beginning stages of presbyopia, you may notice occasional blurry vision up close that is worse when you’re tired or in a room with poor lighting conditions.
You may also notice that your arms are just not long enough to get the fine print on your phone or medicine bottles in focus.
Presbyopia treatment options
Glasses and contact lenses are the most common way presbyopia is corrected. They're both easily accessible, minimally invasive, and widely available to accommodate a number of prescription and lifestyle options.
Unfortunately, LASIK and PRK are not options to treat presbyopia. However, Vuity is a new eye drop on the market that temporarily treats presbyopia for mild to moderate cases.
Curious if you have presbyopia? Schedule an eye exam with one of our doctors of optometry today!