Do you find yourself putting down a book before you want to because your eyes feel strained? If you have a hobby or job that involves close-up work, are you adding brighter lights to your workplace to see more clearly?
If these ring true and you are in your late 30’s or older, the reason may be presbyopia, which is the most common change that occurs in adult eyes and may affect over 30% of adults over the age of 40.
Presbyopia is age-related near vision loss that occurs when the eye’s natural lens elasticity begins to stiffen and increase in size, making it difficult to focus up close. This is why, beginning their late 30’s to early ’40s, many people hold menus far from their face or use reading glasses when looking at their phones.
It is natural to feel confused when vision begins to change. But have no fear, let us clear up the misconceptions around presbyopia!
Presbyopia Myth 1: Farsightedness and presbyopia are basically the same.
Fact: Though both conditions result in difficulty seeing up close, the two are quite different. Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a vision problem that exists due to an eyeball’s shape; someone with hyperopia has a shorter than a normal eyeball. Whereas presbyopia is a natural condition that develops with age. It is the loss of flexibility and increase in the size of the lens which makes it more difficult to see up close.
Presbyopia Myth 2: Presbyopia is preventable.
Fact: Presbyopia is not a disease and is not preventable. It is a naturally occurring change and it cannot be prevented with eye exercises or supplements. Presbyopia does not happen because you didn’t eat enough carrots or because you read in low light. According to eye institutes, anyone over the age of 35 is at risk of developing presbyopia.
Presbyopia Myth 3: I’ll never need reading glasses because I have 20/20 vision.
Fact: Presbyopia is a natural side effect of aging and will eventually happen to everybody! Studies estimate that as many as 1.8 billion people live with presbyopia.
Presbyopia Myth 4: Getting LASIK surgery will cure my presbyopia.
Fact: While LASIK is the most popular vision correction procedure there is due to its effectiveness and wonderful results, there’s actually a procedure specifically designed to correct presbyopia — PresbyMax!
PresbyMax is an innovative procedure that can take care of your presbyopia and make your 40’s more fun and easy by giving you brighter eyesight.
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