Presbyopia is a condition associated with the ageing of the eye which makes it harder to focus clearly on close objects. Flexibility of the natural lens diminishes with age, and by their mid-forties, even people who have never needed spectacles start to need reading glasses.
The first symptoms most people notice are difficulty reading fine print or books, unless they are held at arm's length.
Those with the condition may also experience eyestrain when reading for long periods, particularly in low light conditions. Blurring of near objects or temporarily blurred vision when changing the viewing distance are also common symptoms.
The symptoms of presbyopia become less noticeable in bright sunlight, when the pupil becomes smaller.
Presbyopia can be corrected easily with glasses or contact lenses, with a combination of options available, including varifocals, bifocals or separate reading glasses.
For contact lens wearers, there is also the option of monovision correction. This is where we correct one eye for distance and the other for reading.
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