Common vision problems: Presbyopia

Nearsightedness Vision
Nearsightedness Correction
Presbyopic vision commonly requires holding reading materials further away than is comfortable.


Presbyopia is an age-related condition. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. As you reach your 40s or 50s, you may find it harder to focus on nearby objects like book or magazine print, especially in low light. Untreated, presbyopia can lead to headaches and eye fatigue when doing close work.

Starting around your 40s, the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, making it harder to adjust your focus quickly from far objects to near objects. And it can become tougher to focus on near objects at all as you get older.

Presbyopia shares some symptoms with farsightedness, but they aren’t the same. Farsightedness is caused by an irregularly shaped eye, whereas presbyopia occurs when the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, even in correctly shaped eyes.

Correcting Presbyopia

Presbyopia can be corrected with reading, bifocal or multifocal eyeglasses, or with bifocal or multifocal contact lenses such as ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses for PRESBYOPIA. This versatile contact lens allows you to see both near and far in each eye. It can also be used in monovision, where one eye has a contact lens to see up close while the other eye has a contact lens to see far away. Depending on the extent of the monovision, a single contact lens may be all that's needed.