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What is Presbyopia?

what is presbyopia and symptoms

Presbyopia is a completely natural part of aging where the eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in your early to mid-40s and continues to worsen until around age 65. You may become aware of presbyopia when you start holding books, newspapers and your phone at arm’s length to be able to read them clearly.

Symptoms of presbyopia

  •         Blurred vision
  •         Vision and focusing problems with nearby objects.
  •         Eyestrain or headache after reading or doing close work.
  •         Difficulty in reading small print and fonts.
  •         Fatigue when performing close work.
  •         Requirement of brighter lightning while reading or doing close work.
  •         Need to hold reading material at an arm’s distance to attain proper focus.
  •         Squinting when reading

Presbyopia is diagnosed by an optometrist during a routine eye exam, which includes a refraction assessment and an eye health exam. 

Treatment of presbyopia

Treatment options include wearing corrective eyeglasses (spectacle lenses) or contact lenses. If you would like to get more information on presbyopia and the treatment options, please call us on (03) 9909 5329 or fill out the contact form here.