What Is Presbyopia?

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Learn about the basics of presbyopia, a universal eye condition in adults over 40, including definition, causes, diagnosis, and treatments.


Presbyopia Definition

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Presbyopia is a vision condition that comes naturally with aging because the lens becomes less flexible.

People with presbyopia have problems seeing or reading at close range. As a result, they have to hold the item at arm’s length to see it clearly.

Presbyopia is often confused with farsightedness (hyperopia), because they both result in poor near vision.

Presbyopia starts around the age of 40 and progresses until 60. Almost everyone over 65 has presbyopia.


Signs & Symptoms of Presbyopia

In addition to holding reading material farther away to read the words correctly, symptoms of presbyopia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Squinting to see things clearly
  • Eye strain
  • Having difficulty seeing things up close
  • Needing bright light to see or read clearly


What Causes Presbyopia?

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Our lenses become thicker and less flexible as we age, resulting in the inability to focus nearby objects onto the retina. Consequently, tasks requiring up-close attention like reading or sewing become challenging.

Despite being similar in symptoms, presbyopia and farsightedness are two different disorders. Farsightedness is a refractive error due to the shorter eyeball or flat cornea, while presbyopia is caused by the hardening of the lens due to aging.


Diagnosis of Presbyopia

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An eye doctor will conduct a comprehensive eye exam and refraction to see if you have presbyopia.

If you notice you need to hold your book or tablet further away from your face to be able to read it, it might be time for reading glasses.


How to Treat Presbyopia?

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Presbyopia is easily treated with reading glasses, multifocal glasses, contact lenses, or surgery to improve vision.

Visit an eye doctor if you have signs and symptoms of presbyopia, and we will find the best solution for you.


Every patient deserves top-quality eye care from us. European Eye Center focuses on providing Western-standard services and determining appropriate treatment plans to help patients restore their vision in a feel-like-home atmosphere.

We are happy to help if you have questions about presbyopia or other conditions and our primary services. Don’t hesitate to connect with us at appointment@europeaneyecenter.com.

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