Changes to your eyes and their processes are part of aging. You may even develop certain vision irregularities as you grow older. One common problem that you may have heard of is presbyopia. Guilford Eye Center, your trusted provider of LipiFlow® dry eye treatment and other eye care services, talks about this condition in detail.
How Does Presbyopia Affect Your Eyesight?
Presbyopia actually means “old eye” in Greek. It is a natural part of aging; its onset typically occurs during your 40s. The lenses inside your eyes are naturally flexible and therefore may easily change shape and structure. Your lenses flatten when you’re viewing something from a distance and curve when you’re looking at an object up-close.
Getting older, however, may cause your lenses to become rigid, compromising their ability to shift. Consequently, your lenses may develop focusing problems. In turn, you may have a hard time seeing things clearly, especially those near you. This is a sign of presbyopia. You may have noticed older individuals holding their reading materials away from them to get a better look. You may also get headaches when trying to complete close work. Having any of these symptoms is a sign you need to visit your eye care center as soon as possible.
How Is It Different From Hyperopia?
Difficulties seeing nearby objects is a hallmark of another refractive error known as hyperopia or farsightedness. Hyperopia occurs when the distance between the back and front part of your eyes is too short, resulting in light falling behind your retina instead of directly on it. Presbyopia, on the other hand, happens when your lenses lose their flexibility. The latter is a part of aging while the former is often detected during your childhood.
What Are the Treatment Options for Presbyopia?
Using multi-prescription lenses is the standard treatment for presbyopia. We offer Varilux® X series progressive lenses. These multifocal contact lenses help you see objects in your visual field, no matter the distance. They also feature the Nanoptix™ technology, reducing the image alterations or “swim effect” that often occurs with regular progressive lenses. We have a large selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses as well if you prefer using this vision correction option.
For more information about presbyopia, call us at (336) 387-6777, or complete our form. We serve High Point and the surrounding NC areas.