What Are the Symptoms of Presbyopia? By Eric Del Piero on May 17, 2016

A patient undergoing an eye examAt Monterey County Eye Associates, we offer a full range of ophthalmology services for a variety of conditions, including presbyopia. Presbyopia, like taxes, is one of those things that, while it may not be pleasant, simply come along with being an adult. It cannot be cured, and it cannot be avoided, setting in for most people at around the age of 40. One day, you’re laughing at the person on television who has to hold a menu at arm’s length in order to make out the small print, and the next day - well, you are that person.

For many people, presbyopia seems to strike just that suddenly. However, its onset actually produces symptoms even though they may be subtle at first. Although there may be no cure for presbyopia, there are highly effective treatments that can be discussed as soon as you recognize and seek diagnosis of your presbyopia symptoms at our Monterey, CA eye care center. Dr. Del Piero and Dr. Leland Rosenblum can discuss your options with you in detail and help you decide on the best solution in your particular case, given your goals, your lifestyle, and your vision correction needs.

If you have presbyopia, or are experiencing any of the symptoms detailed in this blog post, and you would like to learn about your possible treatment options, please contact Monterey County Eye Associates today.

What Is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the loss of near vision due to the progressive inability of the natural lens of the eye to focus on nearby objects. This loss can be attributed to the hardening of the lens, which is inevitable with age. The ability of the lens to focus depends on its natural elasticity and flexibility, which deteriorate over time.

Although presbyopia shares some symptoms with hyperopia, or farsightedness, the two conditions are not related, let alone the same. Presbyopia is a condition of the lens and has nothing to do with the cornea, per se. Hyperopia is caused by a flaw in the shape of the cornea, and it has nothing to do with a person’s age.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Presbyopia?

Because presbyopia is age related (indeed, the name itself comes from the Greek for “old eye”), symptoms generally become apparent at around the age of 40. The most common symptoms include:

  • Increased difficulty deciphering fine print
  • Eye fatigue and headaches after reading, doing computer work, using a cell phone, or doing other close work
  • The need for brighter lighting while reading
  • An inability to focus on nearby objects
  • The need to squint in order to see nearby objects clearly
  • Having to hold objects at arm’s length in order to see them clearly

There are both surgical and non-surgical solutions available to treat presbyopia. We can help you find the best possible solution in your case.

Learn More about Presbyopia Symptoms

To learn more about presbyopia symptoms and the available treatment options for presbyopia, please contact Monterey County Eye Associates to schedule your initial consultation today.

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