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Presbyopia and the need for reading glasses

As people age, the eye lens loses its focusing power, resulting in blurred near vision: a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia may start as early as at the age of 40 and affects almost everyone by the age of 50.

This inevitable process requires the use of reading glasses for any activity requiring near-distance vision. Initial presbyopia symptoms may also include headache or eyestrain when reading. The need to become dependent upon eye glasses is a frustrating experience, as side-vision and night vision also become limited when using reading glasses.

The use of reading glasses also runs the risk of loss, even if they can be found upon their owner’s forehead. In contrast with the common tendency to purchase a pair of reading glasses as soon as the first presbyopia symptoms appear, specialists recommend postponing their use for as long as possible in order to delay further degeneration of the muscles that are responsible for bending and straitening of the eye lens while focusing. Finally, there are studies showing a clear correlation between presbyopia and cognitive decline.

As people age, the eye lens loses its focusing power, resulting in blurred near vision: a condition called presbyopia.