Your body changes as you age, and your eyes are no exception. As you reach your 40s, you may notice that your close-range vision is not as sharp as it used to be. This is due to a condition called presbyopia. In today’s post, your trusted eye doctor from Six One Six Vision Center sheds light on this condition.
How Presbyopia Develops
Your eyes’ natural lenses are flexible, allowing them to change shape when focusing on objects at varying distances. This flexibility is necessary to ensure light rays are focused accurately onto the retina. As you age, however, your lenses and the ciliary muscles supporting them may lose their flexibility. This may reduce their shape-shifting capacities, impairing the light-bending process and image interpretation cycle in your eyes.
Ever see a middle aged person holding a menu far away from their eyes, or reaching for their reading glasses to look at something on their phone? These are some of the hallmark signs of presbyopia. Objects within your visual field may appear blurry or hazy, especially those near you. You may also experience headaches, nausea, and eye fatigue when engaging in close-range work. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your optometrist for an assessment.
Preventive Care and Our Suggested Remedies
Having comprehensive eye exams regularly is one of the best ways to keep your visual health in good condition as you age. This helps in the prompt identification and management of underlying visual changes. We also suggest eating eye-friendly foods and exercising regularly.
Presbyopia management usually includes wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. We may recommend wearing bifocal, progressive, or multifocal lenses.
For more information about presbyopia, call us at (208) 214-5080 or complete our form. We serve Eagle and Meridian, ID.