Skip to main content
Peoria Office
Bloomington Office
Peoria Office
Bloomington Office

Peoria Eye Professionals - 309-686-0763 - Make an Appointment
Bloomington Eye Professionals - 309-663-2211 - Make an Appointment

"Like" us on Facebook for up-to-date info & special promotions!

Home » What's New » What is Presbyopia?

What is Presbyopia?

Ever wonder why many people over 40 usually wear glasses? With age, the lens of your eye is likely to become more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on handheld objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. It’s something that happens to everyone.

Those with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold reading material at arm’s length in order to focus properly. In addition to reading, engaging in other close-range tasks, like crafts or writing, could also result in headaches, eyestrain or fatigue. In order to treat presbyopia, you have a number of solutions available, whether you are a glasses or contact lens wearer.

The thing with reading glasses is that they are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for those who don’t need to wear glasses for correcting distance vision. These are readily available, but you shouldn’t purchase a pair until you have spoken with your eye care professional. Those simple reading glasses may be helpful for brief periods of time but they can cause fatigue when worn for a long time.

If you already have glasses, think about bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which a lot of people respond really well to. PALs and multi-focals are eyeglasses with more than one point of focus; the lower portion has the prescription for seeing nearby objects. Contact lens wearers should speak to their eye care specialist to discuss multifocal contact lenses, or a treatment technique which is called monovision. Monovision is when each eye wears a different kind of lens; one for distance vision and one for close vision.

Due to the fact that your vision changes with age, you should anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. However, it’s also crucial to examine your options before you choose the direction you want head in when it comes to your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you’ve had refractive surgery in the past.

Have to chat with your eye care professional for a helpful perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that’s both beneficial and accessible.