Presbyopia is a common type of vision disorder that occurs as we age, commonly around the age of 40 years old. Presbyopia results in the inability to focus up close, a problem associated with refraction in the eye.

As we age, the eye is not able to focus light directly on to the retina due to the hardening of the natural lens. Aging also affects muscle fibers around the lens making it harder for the eye to focus on up close objects. The ineffective lens causes light to focus behind the retina, causing poor vision for objects that are up close.

Some of the signs and symptoms of presbyopia include:

  • Hard time reading small print
  • Having to hold reading material farther than arm’s distance
  • Problems seeing objects that are close to you
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit an eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye examination. If you wear glasses or contact lenses and still have these issues, you may require a new prescription.

Eyeglasses are the simplest and safest means of correcting presbyopia, but contact lenses can be used as well.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of presbyopia, contact Haller Eye Center today.