Having challenges with reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're close to middle age. But why is this so? Because as you age, your eye's lens grows less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. This is known as presbyopia. And, it's something that affects all of us.
Those with untreated presbyopia may hold printed text at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Additionally, performing other close-range tasks, such as crafts or handwriting, could also lead to headaches, eyestrain or fatigue in those who have developed presbyopia. When handling presbyopia, you have a few options, whether you wear eyeglasses and contact lenses.
A common solution is reading glasses, but these are generally most useful for contact lens wearers or for people who don't wear glasses for distance vision. These are readily available, but it's best not to purchase a pair until you have been examined by an optometrist. The reason for this is that reading glasses may be useful for quick blocks of reading time but they can result in eyestrain when used for a long time. Actually, custom-made readers are a much better solution. They can do a number of things, like fix astigmatism, compensate for prescriptions which are not the same in both of your eyes, and furthermore, the optic centers of every lens can be adjusted to suit the wearer. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual's needs.
If you already wear glasses, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are quite popular. Essentially, these are eyeglasses with separate points of focus; the bottom portion has the prescription for seeing at close range. If you use contacts, call us to discuss multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you might want to consider a treatment technique which is called monovision, where each eye wears a different kind of lens; one for distance vision and one for close vision.
Due to the fact that your sight continues to change as you grow older, you should expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it's also important to look into your various choices before you decide the direction you want head in when it comes to your vision; presbyopia can affect you, even if you've had refractive surgery in the past.
Have to chat with your eye doctor for a helpful view on the matter. We can give you the tools to help you deal with presbyopia and your changing vision in a way that's both beneficial and accessible.