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A Guide to Understanding Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)

A man squinting while holding eyeglasses.As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and our eyes are no exception.

Presbyopia, commonly referred to as aging eyes, is a condition that affects nearly everyone as they enter their 40s and beyond. But what exactly is presbyopia, and how can it be managed? Kehoe Eye Care is committed to providing insightful information and effective solutions for those experiencing this condition.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process where the lens inside your eye gradually becomes less flexible. This reduced flexibility hinders the eye’s ability to focus sharply on close objects, such as reading text or examining fine details up close. Interestingly, while presbyopia affects your ability to see things up close, your distance vision remains largely unaffected.

The Inevitability of Presbyopia

It’s important to understand that presbyopia is an inevitable condition that affects everyone, regardless of prior visual health, diet, lifestyle, or visual habits. The onset of presbyopia is not a matter of if, but when. Despite this inevitability, many are surprised when they first notice symptoms, often around the age of 40.

Symptoms to Watch For

The most common sign of presbyopia is difficulty reading small print or doing close-up work. Individuals may find themselves holding books, menus, or smartphones farther away to read the text clearly. Eye strain, headaches, or fatigue during or after reading are also frequent symptoms associated with this condition.

Treatment Options at Kehoe Eye Care

Thankfully, presbyopia can be effectively managed with several corrective lens options. At Kehoe Eye Care, we offer a comprehensive array of solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient:

    • Progressive Lenses: These lenses offer a smooth transition from distance correction on top to near correction on the bottom, allowing for clear vision at all distances without visible lines on the lenses.
    • Bifocals and Trifocals: These lenses provide clear vision for both distance and near tasks, separated by visible lines that denote the different lens powers.
    • Single-Vision Reading Glasses: Perfect for those who need assistance with close-up work only, without altering distance vision.
    • Multifocal Contact Lenses: These contacts allow for clear vision at all distances and are ideal for individuals who prefer not to wear glasses.
    • Monovision Therapy: This approach involves correcting one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision, either through contact lenses or refractive surgery.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Our optometric team is dedicated to providing personalized care to diagnose and treat presbyopia. We understand the impact that changing vision can have on your daily life and are here to support you every step of the way.

Don’t let presbyopia keep you from enjoying your daily activities or strain your eyes unnecessarily. If you’ve noticed changes in your close-up vision, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. Our expert team will guide you through the diagnosis and help select the best treatment option for your specific needs.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact Kehoe Eye Care today. We look forward to helping you achieve the best possible vision and improving your quality of life.