What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a natural condition that affects almost everyone as they age. As we get older, the lens of your eye changes and is no longer as elastic as it once was. Proteins in the lens of your eye harden over time and cause the eye to have difficulty focusing on objects up close.
The hallmark of presbyopia is having to hold cell phones, books, and newspapers at arm’s length in order to focus properly. It typically becomes noticeable in your mid to late 40’s and can worsen over time. Most people cope with the blurry vision by using reading glasses.
Presbyopia is not the same condition as farsightedness. Farsightedness is due to the natural shape of your eye’s lens, whereas Presbyopia is due to lost lens elasticity.
Presbyopia is a natural part of aging and cannot be prevented. It will persist over your lifetime, so if you choose to combat presbyopia with glasses or contacts, you may need to adjust your prescription over time.