Presbyopia — causes, symptoms, treatments

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What is presbyopia?

Are you starting to have trouble focusing up close as you age? Presbyopia affects our eyes' ability to focus easily on nearer tasks. This happens because the lens inside the eye progressively loses some flexibility, which is called presbyopia.

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What causes presbyopia?

Presbyopia happens due to a change of the lens inside the eye, as it naturally becomes thicker and stiffens over time. To alter our focus from distance to near, or back again, the shape of the lens within our eye changes. As the lens thickens and loses flexibility with age, its ability to change its shape reduces. It typically starts in our forties but can happen earlier or later for some.

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
  • Moving reading objects further away

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Detection and diagnosis

If you're around 40, and noticing changes in your vision, you're probably experiencing presbyopia. An eye examination with an eye care professional will confirm whether you have presbyopia. They will perform a series of vision assessments to confirm if the focusing difficulty is due to the onset of presbyopia. Presbyopia is progressive so regular eye examinations are always recommended.

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How to correct presbyopia

Spectacles, reading glasses or contact lenses for presbyopia can all help. Specifically, ACUVUE® contact lenses for presbyopia are designed to help you see clearly near, far and in between1.

Why choose ACUVUE® for presbyopia?

Clear vision near , far and between1

Seamlessly go from reading close up to seeing far away, even on the move.

Optimized for your pupils

Our pupil optimised design optimises the optical design to the pupil size according to age and refractive power, to help bring you clear vision near, far, and in between1.

Designed for all-day comfort

ACUVUE® multifocal contact lenses are moisture-infused to offer comfortable wear throughout the day**2

Built in UV protection‡2

ACUVUE® offers UV blocking‡2 across its entire line of contact lenses, including those for presbyopia.

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**Subjective Comfort Data has not been collected for the ACUVUE® drug-eluting [medication releasing] contact lenses.

‡ All ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV Blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed by your eye care professional.

1. JJV Data on file 2022. CSM- ACUVUE® PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN Technology: JJVC contact lenses, design features, and associated benefits.

2. JJV Data on File 2022: Master Brand Claims on Clinical Performance and Overall Material Properties for ACUVUE® Brand Soft Contact Lenses.

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Last updated 19/02/2024.