What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related reduction that affects most people over the age of 40. As we get older, the natural lens of the eye becomes harder and less elastic.
This reduces the eye’s ability to focus sharply on nearby objects. If you have presbyopia you may find it difficult to change from seeing things in the distance to nearby. Some people will need bifocal or varifocal glasses to see clearly at all distances.
Presbyopia is not the same thing as farsightedness (hyperopia). Presbyopia is often confused with farsightedness because they both cause things to appear blurry up close. If you have farsightedness, your glasses may become less effective as you age, so you may need to wear reading glasses before presbyopia starts.
What are the symptoms of presbyopia?
Common symptoms that you may experience due to presbyopia include:
- Headaches or fatigue when doing close work
- Needing to hold books or your laptop at a distance to see clearly
- Needing to squint to read small print
- Needing a bright light to read
When should I see a doctor?
If you experience any of the symptoms described above, you should see your GP. You will usually be referred to an ophthalmologist for further examination.
What treatments are available?
Thanks to advancements in technology and technique, more surgical procedures can now be tailored to treat presbyopia. These procedures may allow you to reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses due to this condition.
At Circle Health, we can offer a variety of treatment options for presbyopia. Information about these advanced treatments are presented on other pages on this website. Click on the links below to read further details.
We can arrange a private appointment for you at Circle Health to see a leading ophthalmologist who specialises in presbyopia. They can assess your individual condition, and advise you about the most appropriate presbyopia treatment options for you.
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