Your body changes as you age. Apart from your physical strength, you may also notice a decline in your visual capacity. In particular, you may develop blurry eyesight as you reach your 40’s. This is a classic symptom of presbyopia, an age-related refractive error. Let your trusted provider of vision therapy and other high-quality eye care services, Clear View Vision Care, discuss how it happens and ways to manage it.
The lenses of your eyes are naturally flexible, allowing them to change shape when you are viewing objects within your field of vision. They flatten when you are looking at distant figures while they take a curvier form when you’re looking at something up-close. Over time, however, your lenses and their supporting muscles may lose their elasticity, making them thicker and more rigid.
These structural changes may compromise their shapeshifting ability, resulting in light-bending and focusing problems. As presbyopia develops, you may start having blurry eyesight, especially when you’re doing close work. You may also prefer holding your reading materials away from you, a symptom more popularly referred to as the “long-arm syndrome.” When you experience these, visit your trusted eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible.
Ways to Manage Presbyopia
Although vision changes may be inevitable as you age, there are ways to manage presbyopia for your better eye health and life quality. For one, we may prescribe using bifocal eyeglasses. They have two lens prescriptions in a single lens, letting you see sharper images of figures within your visual field. We may also recommend progressive lenses. They work similarly to bifocals. That said, the former does not have a visible junction separating the varying lens powers. You may use reading glasses as well, especially when reading small print.
Individuals with presbyopia may prefer using multifocal contact lenses, which contain prescriptions for viewing close-, intermediate-, and far-range objects. We may also suggest using orthokeratology lenses. They are meant to be worn while you’re sleeping. Through the night, they are strategically designed to reshape your cornea, correcting any structural infirmities.
If you have any further questions about our presbyopia treatment options, call us at (520) 394-6111. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ areas.