Presbyopia: What Is It and How Does It Impact Your Vision?

Are you 40 years of age or older and having trouble focusing clearly on objects up close, like your phone or tablet? If so, you probably are experiencing presbyopia!

What is presbyopia?

Just like a camera, your eye has a lens inside of it that allows you to focus on objects up close. Overtime, your lens loses its flexibility, resulting in a gradual decrease in the clarity of your near vision. This is a natural focusing decline that affects everyone at some point in life is known as presbyopia.

Related: “Cataracts: What Are They and How Do They Impact Vision?” 

For example, if you’re at the beginning stages of presbyopia, you may notice occasional blurry vision up close.

lady having difficulty reading a medicine bottle due to presbyopia

You many also notice that your arms are just not long enough to get the fine print on your phone or medicine bottles in focus. In addition, you may notice your symptoms are worse when you’re tired or in a room with poor lighting conditions.

presbyopia is worse when you are in a room with poor lighting conditions

However, do not worry! As a somewhat annoying condition that affects your vision, this condition is easily correctable with glasses, contact lenses, or in some cases surgery.

Related: “Progressive Lenses: Are They a Good Option for You?”

Curious if you have presbyopia? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

Interested in learning more about conditions that affect your vision? Check out our articles on myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism!

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Ryan Corte, O.D.
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.

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