Did you ever wonder why people around 50 need to wear reading glasses? Because as you age, the lens of your eye is likely to become less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on handheld objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia. And it's universal.
People with undiagnosed presbyopia tend to hold printed text at arm's length in order to focus properly. In addition to reading, carrying out other close-range tasks, such as needlepoint or handwriting, could also lead to eyestrain and discomfort in those suffering from presbyopia. In order to treat presbyopia, you have several options, which take your eyewear preferences into account.
Reading glasses are great but are only useful for those who wear contacts or for people who don't already wear glasses for problems with distance vision. These are readily available, but it's advised not to purchase them until you have spoken with your eye care professional. Lots of people don't know that reading glasses may be useful for short periods of time but they can cause fatigue when people wear them for a long time. Actually, custom-made readers are a much more effective solution. They can address additional eye issues such as rectify astigmatism, accommodate prescriptions which are not the same in both eyes, and, the optic centers of every lens are made to fit the wearer. The reading distance is another detail that can be customized to accommodate your individual needs.
And if you're already wearing glasses to correct near sightedness, and would rather just use one pair of glasses at a time, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. PALs and multi-focals are eyeglasses with more than one point of focus; the bottom part has the prescription for seeing at close range. If you wear contacts, call us to discuss multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment approach known as monovision. Monovision is when each eye is fitted with a different kind of lens; one addressing distance vision and one for close vision.
Expect to periodically adjust your prescriptions, because your eyes and vision change over time. But it's also necessary to understand your options before making choices about your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.
Ask your eye doctor for an informed view on the matter. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.