Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the lens loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on close objects. During the first three decades of life, the crystalline lens of the eye has the ability to focus both near and distant images by getting thicker for near objects and thinner for distant objects. When this ability is lost, presbyopia results. It usually first occurs on or soon after the age of 40.
Presbyopia is diagnosed by a refractive exam performed by an eye doctor.
The most common treatment for presbyopia is glasses. If distance vision is good, simple reading glasses can be used. If distance vision is not good bifocal glasses or contact lenses with reading glasses is usually prescribed. Monovision (one eye corrected for distance and the other corrected for near) is another strategy, which can work well for some. This can be done temporarily with contact lenses, or permanently with refractive surgery.
The latest option which shows great promise especially for cataract sufferers, is new multifocal and presbyopic intraocular lenses which will correct for both distance and close up vision!
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