presbyopia red bankAt Atlantic Laser Vision Center, we occasionally have patients who come into our practice highly concerned over the fact that they have rapidly lost their ability to see nearby objects clearly. “It started happening around the time I turned 40,” they’ll invariably say. “One day I went to read a menu, and I couldn’t make out a word. What’s wrong with me?”

Remember the old saying about how there are two things that are inevitable in life (hint: one of them is taxes)? Well, you can add one more thing to that list: presbyopia.

Presbyopia is the age-related loss of near vision that occurs in most people at around the age of 40. There is currently no cure for presbyopia; however, there are a number of effective treatments available at Atlantic Laser Vision Center. Dr. Daniel Goldberg would be pleased to discuss presbyopia symptoms and causes with you during a consultation at his Monmouth County, NJ laser vision correction center, as well as the treatment options that can give you back your clear, crisp near vision. Simply contact Atlantic Laser Vision Center today, and we will happily assist you in scheduling your initial appointment with Dr. Goldberg.

What Causes Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is caused by the hardening of the natural lens of the eye, which inevitably occurs as a person ages. As the lens hardens, it loses its native elasticity and flexibility. As a result, it becomes unable to focus on nearby objects. (In a person with myopia, or nearsightedness, the symptoms of presbyopia would be apparent whenever he or she is wearing his or her contact lenses or glasses.)

Although presbyopia and hyperopia (or farsightedness) both result in the impaired ability to see nearby objects clearly, the two conditions are not related in any way. Presbyopia is strictly related to the lens, while hyperopia is caused by an imperfection in the shape of the cornea. The former condition is entirely age-related, while the latter has nothing to do with age whatsoever.

What Are the Symptoms of Presbyopia?

Although presbyopia may seem to strike suddenly, subtle symptoms can present themselves gradually if one is attentive to them. However, the most common and obvious symptoms generally occur at around the time a person reaches the age of 40. These symptoms include:

  • Difficulty reading small print, such as newspaper print and the fine print in contracts
  • The need for brighter lighting while reading
  • Eye strain and headaches while and after reading, using a computer or cell phone, or doing other work requiring focus on nearby objects
  • Difficulty achieving or maintaining focus on nearby objects
  • Having to squint in order to see nearby objects clearly
  • Having to hold objects at arm’s length in order to see them clearly

Learn More about Presbyopia Symptoms and Causes

If you are experiencing the symptoms of presbyopia, and you would like to learn more about its causes and treatments, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Daniel Goldberg by contacting Atlantic Laser Vision Center today.