Presbyopia — causes, symptoms, treatments

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What is presbyopia?

We've all seen older friends and family hold menus or books at arm's length. This is the effect of presbyopia, and it happens to everyone. Starting at around age 40, the lens inside your eye begins to lose flexibility, causing blurry vision up close, especially in low light.

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What causes presbyopia?

When you're younger, your eyes' lenses are very flexible. As you age, the lenses become more rigid, making it harder for the small muscles that control them to adjust their shape. Without a flexible lens, it's difficult to focus on things up close.

Signs and symptoms of presbyopia

  • Blurry vision in low light
  • Headaches
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye strain after reading

  • Needing to use the light on your phone to read the dinner menu
  • Needing to increase your phone's font size to read small print

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Detection and diagnosis

If you're around 40 and noticing changes in your vision, you're probably experiencing presbyopia. It can be diagnosed by your eye doctor during your annual eye exam. Be sure to share your concerns with your doctor at that time. If you need vision correction, your doctor will provide a prescription following a thorough exam.

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How to correct presbyopia

Eyeglasses, reading glasses or contact lenses can all help. Specifically, ACUVUE Contact Lenses for presbyopia are designed to correct your vision near, far and in between, decreasing your need for reading glasses or other vision correction.

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