What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a progressive vision condition in which the crystalline lens of your eye loses its flexibility, which makes it difficult to focus on close objects. This may seem to occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a number of years. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process of the eye and usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s.

Symptoms of presbyopia include: 

  • the tendency to hold reading materials at arm’s length
  • blurred vision at normal reading distance
  • eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work


Treatment for presbyopia includes prescription reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals or contact lenses. Presbyopia can complicate other common vision conditions like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism and necessitates a thorough assessment to determine the specific lenses to allow you to see clearly and comfortably. Presbyopia is usually progressive over a 10 to 15 year period and changes in your eyewear may be necessary to maintain clear and comfortable vision.

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