Who Develops Presbyopia?

The decline of close-up vision from presbyopia starts to affect nearly everyone in their 40s.

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These symptoms may indicate presbyopia.

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Life With Presbyopia

Presbyopia can make everyday activities such as reading difficult.

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What Is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the gradual decline of your eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects, causing those objects to appear blurry and out of focus. If you've noticed you have to hold a book farther away to read than you used to, you may be experiencing presbyopia.

Presbyopia Is Natural

Most people experience presbyopia in their mid-40s. Much like adjusting the focus on a camera, the eye’s internal lens flexes and changes shape to properly focus on objects at different distances. With age, the lens loses its ability to flex and change, making it difficult to focus on near objects.

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Presbyopia Treatment

Glasses, contact lenses or implanting presbyopia-correcting IOLs during cataract surgery can be used to treat presbyopia.

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