Aging with Presbyopia
Our eyes are normally the first organ that we neglect in our aging journey. Aging brings about changes that can both weaken our vision and eyes.
The most common age-related eye problems that are known includes presbyopia and cataract. However, there are also common problems such as glaucoma, dry-eyes and retinal disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment.
Presbyopia is probably the most normal changes in our eyes as we age. It happens when our eyes gradually lost the ability to see things clearly up close. Presbyopia can start as early as late thirties, and you will probably find yourself holding your reading materials further away so that you can see them clearly.
The aging process that causes presbyopia cannot be stop, nor can it be reversed. You like it or not, it is here to stay. Presbyopia can be corrected with reading aid such as reading glasses, progressive lenses and contact lenses.
Reading glasses is probably the most readily available and easy to use solution to presbyopia. They make it easier for you to read and see by simply magnifying the text or object, allowing your eyes to focus faster, reducing eye strain and makes the reading more comfortable.
Reading is most suitable for you if presbyopia is your only vision problem; you have no myopia or astigmatism. Reading glasses can be bought off-the-shelve without a prescription, however, we will recommend that you visit your preferred optical outlet for an eye-check to determine your power and needs first.
If you are already wearing spectacles for other vision problems, you will probably need to consider progressive lenses, which offers you a smooth transitions, and also the convenience of not having to switch between different pair of spectacles. Progressive lenses allows you to do close-up work, middle-distance work, or even distance viewing without having to change your spectacles.
It is also important to note that time is needed to adjust to your new pair of progressive lenses. The adjustment period might take a week or two.
Other than spectacles, there are also contact lenses readily available to help presbyopia. The most common contact lenses will be the multifocal contact lenses, which allows you to enjoy sharp vision at near, intermediate and far distances.