Many people around the age of 40 have trouble seeing up close. Sound like you? Don’t let these symptoms worry you too much. A decrease in vision is completely natural and can usually be easily remedied. Here are the most common reasons people have trouble seeing up close and how to treat them.
Inability to see objects clearly from a close distance can be the result of a few conditions. A common vision condition that causes blurry vision up close is called hyperopia, or farsightedness. Farsightedness is typically the result of a flat cornea or short eyeball, which causes light to focus indirectly on the retina.
But what if you’re just beginning to experience poor short-range vision around age 40? Hyperopia doesn’t normally develop with age, but a condition called presbyopia could be causing your age-related symptoms.
Presbyopia is thought to be caused by the gradual thickening of the eye’s lens as we age. Though our eyeballs don’t really grow during our lifetime, the muscles and tissues in our eyes lose their flexibility over time and the result is decreased vision.
If you’re suffering from presbyopia, you might notice that you have to move your phone or reading materials closer or further from your eyes to get them in focus. The constant strain on your eyes can cause visual fatigue and headaches. If you are experiencing these symptoms, a visit to an optometrist might be in order.
Presbyopia has a fairly simple remedy. Though surgery is an option, most people find success from the use of reading glasses and other prescription eyewear. Progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals, will treat the effects of presbyopia by sharpening your close-range vision without changing your long-range vision. Similar technology exists in multifocal contact lenses.
Many people have discovered, prescription eyewear can significantly improve quality of life by increasing visual clarity and reducing everyday symptoms like eyestrain and headaches.
Gradual decline in your vision can seem unnerving, but it’s completely natural and can easily be remedied. If you’re having trouble seeing up close, meet with an optometrist to find out how you can start seeing clearly again.
Mather Vision Group is an optometry office in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact Mather Vision to schedule an appointment, or stop in to see the optometrist’s large variety of glasses and frames. You can find Mather Vision us online, on Facebook, and on Google+.