Starting in our early 40s, we gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. It is a natural but annoying part of aging that impacts our quality of life. You may become aware of this condition when you start having problems reading a newspaper or menu, viewing a computer screen, or sending a text message. Headaches and eyestrain are other common symptoms.
This natural decline in our near vision is called presbyopia, a vision disorder that affects everyone, not just those who previously had vision problems.
What Causes Presbyopia?
When we are young, the lens of the eye is soft and flexible. The lens can change its length or shape with the help of tiny muscles around it. These muscles can reshape and adjust the lens so it can focus between objects close up and far away.
However, when we age, the lens gradually becomes more rigid. It cannot flex into the right shapes to bring close objects into sharp focus. As a result, these images look out of focus. To make up for this vision loss, you will start holding objects farther away until you can see the details.
Presbyopia will worsen over time and become even more bothersome. However, you can easily correct your vision with reading glasses or contact lenses, or through KAMRA® Reading Vision.