What is Presbyopia and how is it usually treated?

If you are over the age of 40, and suffer from blurry vision when trying to carry out simple tasks like reading or viewing small objects up close, you may have presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that affects many men and women around the age of 40, even if they already wear corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. But what is presbyopia and how is it treated.

What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age related eye condition that is characterized by the inability to see things close up. People that have presbyopia can usually see objects in the distance, but have can’t focus close up to read.

Symptoms
Individuals with presbyopia often find that they are unable to focus properly when reading books and magazines. As a result, they have to hold the reading material at arm’s length, to see clearly. Other symptoms of presbyopia include eye strain, headaches, and fatigue (read more).

Causes
Presbyopia occurs because of the deterioration of the natural lens of the eye. As we grow older, the lens of the eye becomes thicker and less flexible, and the loss of flexibility makes it difficult for the lens to focus.

Treatment
Reading glasses and bifocal lenses are popular options for the treatment of presbyopia. However some people find having to put on and take off reading glasses somewhat bothersome, so they choose multifocal contact lenses instead. There are also surgical options that can be used to treat presbyopia.

If you’d like to learn more about what is presbyopia, then contact the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery Center. They are located in Lighthouse Point, FL,   but serve several communities in Florida, including those in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. You can set up a consultation with Dr. Michael Loeffler today by calling 954-786-5353.

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