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

Presbyopia - What Is It & 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!

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte discusses exactly what you need to know about presbyopia.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

What is presbyopia?

Just like a camera, your eye has a lens inside of it that allows you to focus on objects up close. Over time, 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.

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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 may 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 often worse when you're 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.

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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, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. 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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