Presbyopia, all is not lost.
Updated: Jul 3, 2018
At PRFEC, we pride ourselves at being able to share information outside of your regular visit to the eye doctor. We care about your eyes and your overall health.
With that being said, our technician Heathre wanted to share with you why Presbyopia is not considered the end of the world for your eyes and your age. We see a number of patients who express shock when we explain that have developed Presbyopia, often left feeling overwhelmingly concerned about their health.
So what is Presbyopia exactly?
It is farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age. This is the gradual loss of your eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects. "It is a natural often annoying part of aging." [mayo clinic, 2017]. This is referred to as "age-related" farsightedness.
"It is a natural often annoying part of aging." [Mayo Clinic, 2017]
How do I know if I have Presbyopia?
If you experience a few of these symptoms seek immediate medical care:
- Have a sudden loss of vision in one eye with or without eye pain
- Experience sudden hazy or blurred vision
- See flashes of light, black spots or halos around lights
- Have double vision
Farsightedness usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s and worsens until around age 65. Symptoms include a need to hold reading material at arm’s length to make letters clearer, blurred vision at normal reading distance, and eyestrain after reading. In rare cases, it may cause headaches.The condition can be corrected with nonprescription or prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and rarely surgery. [Mayo Clinic, 2017]
While it always essential to take care of your overall health, we wanted to reassure that Presbyopia is just a natural way of aging.
references: Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/presbyopia/symptoms-causes/syc-20363328