Presbyopia is a very common, age-related eye condition, so don’t worry — it happens to nearly everyone in their 40s. Starting at around age 40, the lens inside your eye loses some of its flexibility which impacts your ability to see things up close. If you are tired of stretching out your arm to read texts on your phone, squinting to make out the words on a package or price tag, or juggling readers — if you can find them — just to scan a menu, you might have presbyopia.

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What causes presbyopia?

When you are younger, the lens inside your eye is very flexible and can easily adapt to changing light conditions, which allows your eyes to see near and far without issue.

With time, your lens loses some of this flexibility; it’s unavoidable and it will happen to everyone even if you have previously had 20/20 vision or laser eye surgery.

What are symptoms of presbyopia?

Symptoms might include:

  • Difficulty reading small text
  • Blurry vision in low light
  • Headaches and eye fatigue
  • Trouble focusing from near to far

How is presbyopia diagnosed?

Presbyopia can be diagnosed by your eye doctor during your annual eye exam. Be sure to communicate your difficulty reading small text or other concerns to your eye doctor during this time.

If you do need vision correction for presbyopia, your doctor will provide you with your options following a thorough exam. Be sure to ask your eye doctor about multifocal contact lenses if they do not proactively offer them to you.

How is presbyopia corrected?

Presbyopia can be corrected with eyeglasses, reading glasses, or contact lenses. ACUVUE® makes three multifocal contact lenses specifically for correcting presbyopia.

While multifocal contact lenses work differently than other contact lenses, one thing is the same – wherever you look, they work. Unlike progressive glasses or bifocals, they don’t require you to look through a specific part of the lens.

These contacts can allow you to see near, far, and in-between, decreasing your reliance on reading glasses or other vision correction.

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