Caring for your eyesight is as important as maintaining your entire health. If you or any of your loved ones is experiencing a difficulty on focusing nearby objects, it is highly recommended for you to seek an eye doctor immediately because you might be developing a condition called presbyopia.
What is it?
Basically, it is your eyes’ diminishing ability to see close-up objects. This is a condition that occurs during aging. Though it is more common to the older population, people at their early 40s may start to experience it until it gets worse on the age of 65.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms?
Here are the signs and symptoms which may indicate that you are positive for having the condition:
– Having a hard time reading letters on newspapers that are 12-24 inches away from you
– Having the tendency to hold a reading material farther away so you could see the letters more clearly
– Headaches or eyestrain when you are doing close work
What Are the Causes?
Your lenses are responsible for your eyes to focus the images vividly. During aging, the lenses harden and become less flexible, thus it won’t be able to adjust its shape to focus nearby objects.
How to Treat It?
Depending on the severity of the condition, treatments range from wearing lenses to surgical operations:
Considered as the most simple and safest of all, wearing of eyeglasses are commonly used to correct vision problems. Nonprescription reading glasses could also be used by those who were farsighted patients
before developing presbyopia. There are a lot of lenses available and your doctor has the only discretion to choose which is appropriate for you.
- Contact Lenses
If wearing eyeglasses is too difficult for you, you might want to wear contact lenses instead to correct your vision. However, you should do extra care in using contact lenses. Like eyeglasses, contacts vary depending on your eyes’ grade.
- Refractive Surgery
When eyeglasses and contact lenses do not work, the next solution you can consider is a surgical operation. This basically transforms the shape of your cornea to help you improve you close-up focus. Conductive keratoplasty and LASIK surgeries are included in this treatment.
Aim for a better eyesight. If you are already experiencing the signs and symptoms, early treatment is needed. If you are lucky to have a 20/20 vision, maintain it! Love your eyes.