Insight Into Eyesight: No One Escapes Presbyopia

The word “presbyopia” is Greek in origin and means “old man’s eyes”. Presbyopia comes to all of us if we live long enough. It’s part of the process of aging. 

Presbyopia is a condition that exists when vision at reading distances becomes difficult and blurry due to a gradual decrease in the focusing ability of the lens of the eye. Presbyopia usually begins to affect those between 40 and 50 years of age. It is characterized by a need to hold reading matter farther away, better close vision with brighter light and symptoms of eyestrain and headaches.

Though presbyopia cannot be prevented, properly prescribed reading glasses or bifocals will correct for the progressive loss in near-focusing power, and make reading at normal distances clear, sharp and comfortable.If you are having difficulty reading printed matter, don’t put off an eye examination. It’s a simple procedure and can making reading and close vision work a pleasure again.


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Insight into Eyesight is a series of short informative articles on eye care that have been published in the Markham Economist and Sun for over a decade. To read more of these articles, please click on the Insight to Eye Sight link in the Categories section on the right of the page.

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