As you get older, things begin to change. You might notice a few gray hairs pop up or you may find a few lines by your eyes. Speaking of eyes, you might also notice somewhere around your 40s that your vision just is not what it used to be. Even if you have had perfect vision your entire life, the things you look at up close suddenly begin to appear blurry. This is the result of a condition known as presbyopia, and [[[CLIENTEX:PracticeName]]] can help.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a common eye condition that occurs as you get older. As you age, even if you have previously had perfect vision, you might notice that things held at a normal reading distance suddenly appear blurry. This occurs because the natural lens in your eye becomes less elastic over time. It is often confused with farsightedness, which is caused by a misshapen eye that causes light rays to focus incorrectly.
When you look at things far away and then switch to up close, the muscles around the lens contract, which causes the lens to change shape. When you are young, the lens is elastic, so this change occurs easily. However, the lens stiffens as you grow older. It usually becomes noticeable in your late 30s to early 40s.
What are the Symptoms of Presbyopia?
There are a few symptoms that begin to appear starting around your late 30s that can point toward presbyopia.
How is Presbyopia Diagnosed?
Presbyopia is diagnosed through a routine eye exam. This exam includes a refraction assessment and an evaluation of your overall eye health. A refraction assessment is done to determine if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. We also dilate your eyes with special eye drops. Dilation allows us to see the interiors of your eyes.
Treatment Options for Presbyopia
Presbyopia cannot be cured, but there are plenty of treatments available to help you manage the symptoms.
If you have noticed changes in your up-close vision, presbyopia may be to blame. Call [[[CLIENTEX:PracticeName]]] at 360.553.1312 today to schedule your appointment.