Your Near Vision is Blurry: Now What?

Eye Diseases Chester, NJThroughout most of our early adulthood, many people have no idea whatsoever about what may be in store for their eyes. However, age has a way of affecting all parts of the body. The eyes are not exempt from this. At some point, what happens to most of us is that we realize we can’t read labels or menus, or our favorite books, the way we used to. To print to be readable, we’ve got to hold items at arm’s length. This type of experience is an indication that age has crept into the eyes. It is a symptom of presbyopia.

Statistics indicate that, for the time being, presbyopia is a problem the large majority will face. Most people do not avoid it. It occurs because the lens of each eye, through which light must pass before landing on the retina, becomes more rigid. Rigidity means less flexibility and the eyes rely on that elasticity to focus up close.

There is no guaranteed way to prevent presbyopia. There is also no cure. What we have to do when the eye begins to change with age is ask “now what?” In the case of presbyopia, the assumption is that that “now what” is to spend the rest of life wearing eyeglasses. This may not be necessary.

Historically, corrective eyeglasses have been the go-to treatment for presbyopia and other minor vision disruption. Eyeglasses with a prescription for near vision should ideally be worn all the time. This way, when you change from looking at a sign across the room to a menu on your table, your eyes can adjust normally. The problem with eyeglasses, though, is that they don’t quite fit into the lifestyle of the active modern adult.

As an alternative to multifocal eyeglasses (or complement to), your eye doctor may suggest that your presbyopia is treated with multifocal contact lenses. This approach to vision correction lends convenience to everyday living, especially for individuals who like to engage in a variety of physical activities for which eyeglasses would be inappropriate.

Learn more about corrective lenses for presbyopia, and gain valuable information about your eye health, by scheduling a visit at Silverstein Eye. We proudly serve patients from Chester, Morristown, and areas around Washington Township. Call 908-879-7297.

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