What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a common eye condition that is progressive with age leading to a loss of clear focus on close objects. In other words, the normal reading distance is affected.
How does this eye condition affect my vision?
Near distance tasks such as reading, sewing or any other related activity that requires the focus on minor details becomes difficult. For example, while holding a newspaper, the distance between your eyes and the newspaper increases in order to adjust the focus for clearer vision. The far distance vision isn’t affected in presbyopia. The difficulty in closer vision tasks often results in tiredness, headaches etc.
What are the causes for presbyopia?
Presbyopia basically occurs with age. There is a special muscle in the eye that changes the shape of the lens. During the aging process, this muscle basically tightens up resulting in lesser flexibility. Due to this lesser ability to change the lens shape, focusing on closer objects becomes difficult for the person. Presbyopia is generally considered normal in terms of age as it is a very similar concept like greying hair or stiffening of joints. As every person experiences ageing, the occurrence of presbyopia cannot really be prevented.