Presbyopia

  • Treatment

    There is no cure for presbyopia, but it can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, adding bifocals to an existing lens prescription is enough. As the ability to focus up close worsens, the bifocal prescription needs to be changed.

    Around age 65, the eyes have usually lost most of the elasticity needed to focus up close. However, it will still be possible to read with the help of the right prescription. Even so, you may find that you need to hold reading materials farther away, and you may need larger print and more light by which to read.

    People who do not need glasses for distance vision may only need half glasses or reading glasses.

    People who are nearsighted may be able to take off their distance glasses to read.

    With the use of contact lenses, some people choose to correct one eye for near and one eye for far vision. This is called "monovision," and it eliminates the need for bifocals or reading glasses, but it can affect depth perception.

    Sometimes monovision can be produced through laser vision correction. There are also bifocal contact lenses that can correct for both near and far vision in both eyes.

    New surgical procedures can also provide solutions for people who do not want to wear glasses or contacts.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    Vision can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.


    Complications

    If it is not corrected, vision difficulty that gets worse over time can cause problems with driving, lifestyle, or work.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider or ophthalmologist if you have eye strain or are less able to focus on close objects.