Did you ever wonder why even people who never needed glasses have a hard time seeing things up close when they reach middle age? As time passes, your eye's lens is likely to become increasingly inflexible, making it less able to focus on handheld objects. This is called presbyopia. It's something that happens to all of us.
People with untreated presbyopia tend to hold reading material at arm's length to be able to focus properly. In addition to reading, other close-range tasks, for example, embroidery or writing, can also lead to headaches, eyestrain or fatigue. When it comes to treating presbyopia, there are several alternatives, which take your eyewear preferences into account.
Reading glasses are an easy choice but are only efficient for those who wear contacts or for people who don't wear glasses for distance vision. You can get these at lots of shops, but it's best not to purchase a pair before you have had a thorough eye exam. Those simple reading glasses may be handy for quick periods of time but they can cause eyestrain when people wear them for a long time. A better alternative to drugstore reading glasses are custom made ones. They are able to fix astigmatism, accommodate prescriptions that vary between the two eyes, and furthermore, the optic centers of every lens can be adjusted to meet the needs of the person who wears them. The reading distance is another detail that can be designed to accommodate your individual needs.
If you don't want to switch between different pairs of glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). These are eyeglasses with separate points of focus; the lower part has the prescription for seeing things at close range. If you use contacts, meet with us about multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment approach called monovision. Monovision is when each eye is fitted with a different kind of lens; one for distance vision and one for close vision.
Since your sight continues to change as you grow older, you can expect your prescription to increase periodically. Presbyopia still affects older individuals even after refractive surgery, so it is it's worthwhile to take the time to find out about all the options before making decisions about your vision care.
Ask your eye doctor for an unbiased opinion. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that is best for you.