Presbyopia: An Overview

ENGLISH:

When we are young, the lens inside of our eye is extremely flexible, and allows us to easily focus on close objects. Over time, the lens gradually loses its flexibility, which makes it difficult to focus on close objects. This condition is called Presbyopia, and it is a normal part of the aging process that happens to everyone, even those who have never had a vision problem before.

In the early stages of Presbyopia, most people have difficulty reading small print, such as on a menu, a cell phone, or a newspaper. People usually compensate for this, by holding reading materials further away, and in some cases by using additional light. As the condition progresses, most patients are unable to hold printed materials far enough away to see them clearly. Patients will often complain that their arms are not long enough anymore.

At this stage, most patients will require some type of near vision correction. Because the lenses inside our eyes continue to change over time, it is important to see your eye care professional regularly, for routine eye examinations.

ESPAÑOL:

Cuando somos jóvenes, el lente dentro de nuestro ojo es extremadamente flexible y nos permite enfocarnos fácilmente en objetos cercanos. Con el tiempo, el lente pierde gradualmente su flexibilidad, lo que difículta enfocar objetos cercanos. Esta condición se llama presbicia, y es una parte normal del proceso de envejecimiento que le sucede a todos, incluso a aquellos que nunca antes habían tenido un problema de vista.

En las primeras etapas de la presbicia, la mayoría de las personas tiene dificultades para leer letra pequeña, como en un menú, un teléfono celular o un periódico. La gente suele compensar esto, sosteniendo los materiales de lectura más lejos y, en algunos casos, usando luz adicional. A medida que la condición avanza, la mayoría de los pacientes no pueden guardar los materiales impresos lo suficientemente lejos como para verlos con claridad. Los pacientes a menudo se quejan de que sus brazos ya no son lo suficientemente largos.

En esta etapa, la mayoría de los pacientes requerirá algún tipo de corrección para la visión de cerca. Debido a que los lentes dentro de nuestros ojos continúan cambiando con el tiempo, es importante ver a su oculista regularmente para exámenes de rutina de la vista.


What's next?

Want to find out more? Seeking ways to correct your vision? Contact our refractive specialists at Magruder Laser Vision for the next available appointment. Or book online for the next appointment that fits your schedule.

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