Around the age of 40, most people begin to notice a change in their vision called presbyopia. Presbyopia is an age-related condition that happens when you gradually lose the ability to focus on up-close objects.

This is similar to farsightedness, which is a vision problem that causes individuals to need to squint to make out nearby objects. Both conditions can lead to headaches and an inability to see things up close. However, they aren’t the same thing.

So what is the difference between farsightedness and presbyopia? And how do you know which condition you have?

Farsightedness or Presbyopia?

The biggest difference between the two conditions is that farsightedness is a hereditary condition while presbyopia develops as a result of age. The other main difference is that farsightedness occurs as a result of a misshapen cornea, and presbyopia is a result of changes in the natural lens inside of the eye.

Farsightedness is also commonly called hyperopia; it occurs when your eyes keep light from properly lining up with the retina. This makes it hard to look at objects up-close and it’s a condition anyone can develop.

Even a baby can be farsighted while presbyopia is most often found in adults over the age of 40.

Presbyopia occurs because, over time, the lens of the eye can become inflexible and more rigid. It becomes harder to make out fine print and many adults have a hard time adjusting to seeing things up close and far away.

Another difference is that presbyopia will usually worsen over time while the effects of farsightedness usually stay the same.

Treatment Options

Both conditions are usually treated with glasses or bifocals. In fact, it has been estimated that over half of all glasses wearers struggle with either presbyopia or farsightedness. Other options, like implantable contact lenses (ICL), refractive lens exchange (RLE), and laser vision correction, may help as well!

If you have been struggling with your up-close vision, the best way to determine the cause is to schedule your yearly eye exam. Your doctor can examine your eyes and determine the cause of the problem.

Visions problems are a common issue for many people but they don’t have to rule your life. Contact our office today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam.