Our eyes, we often take them for granted.  They help us get to work, brush our teeth in the morning, choose our breakfast and pick out the perfect outfit for our Friday night dinner party.  They bring light and beauty into our life with the first morning sunrise and allow us to block out what we choose not to see just by closing them shut.

One of our five senses, our eyes are the most important to a great amount of people.  We wouldn’t be able to drive without them or ski that great slope in the winter.

There are many eye conditions that can and do occur in the life of our eyes. One such condition, known as Presbyopia in the medical world is a normal part of the bodies aging process that refers to the eyes loss of ability to see things near or up close to them.  Think about the moment you watched one of your grandparents reading the newspaper or a book and they held it farther away than normal from their eyes.

The word Presbyopia may sound like medical terminology, but it comes from the Greek language and refers to old eye, and usually people notice this condition around the age of 40 years old.

What causes this condition has to do with the lens of the eye

when we are young and youthful the lens of our eyes is soft and flexible but as we age, and after age 40 those lenses in your eyes become rigid and stiff.

While this condition can’t be stopped or reversed it can be treated in a variety of ways.  See below for details.

  • One very simple method for treating this condition is through wearing eyeglasses that make it easier for you to see things up close.  Depending on how bad the condition is will depend on the strength of the glasses you will receive.
  • Contact lenses are another option to correcting this problem for things that are near to your eyes.  The only problem with this method is that for some individuals it may be difficult to insert the lens into the eyes themselves.
  • Lastly, surgery is another option that while not always a first choice for any person, especially when it comes to the eyes.  But with modern technology these types of surgeries are getting smoother and easier for patients to manage.

Presbyopia is a condition of the eye that while it may seem scary is a normal part of the aging process of the body. 

With modifications to how you behave in life, such as how you read the newspaper, etc. A normal and yet fulfilling life are possible with this condition if one of the treatment options listed above

With this condition it is important to consult with a trained and skilled professional to ensure the best care possible for your eyes, keeping them healthy, strong and beautiful for many years to come. If you are in need of an eye exam, contact the experts at Innovations in Eyecare today.