Struggling Reading In Your 40's? Introducing Presbyopia | Shinagawa Blog

Struggling Reading In Your 40’s? Introducing Presbyopia

Are you having increasing difficulty focusing on books, magazines, or digital screens? Perhaps you find yourself holding newspapers or restaurant menus further away from your face in order to see the small print clearly? If this sounds familiar and you are around the age of 40, then your vision issues may be due to presbyopia.

Presbyopia is age-related near vision loss that results in difficulty seeing up close. It is not a disease, but rather a progressive vision condition that occurs as a natural result of aging. At first, you may just notice your eyes feeling tired or strained when reading. Then you may begin to hold things further away from your face. If you are nearsighted, you may find yourself removing your regular glasses in order to read. Over time though, presbyopia is the reason that people over a certain age often find themselves reaching for reading glasses or bifocals.

What Causes Presbyopia?

Presbyopia happens because a gradual change in size and loss of elasticity in the eye’s natural lens causes an issue with refraction within the eye. Refraction refers to the way in which light passes through the cornea on the front of the eye to the retina in the back of the eye. When the eye’s lens stiffens, it grows larger, light is no longer focused on the retina properly, and this makes it more difficult to focus on objects at a close distance.

Who Are Prone to Presbyopia?

Everyone is at risk of developing presbyopia once they reach their late 30’s or early 40’s. Presbyopia is universal across genders, ethnicities, and other demographics. In fact, everyone will eventually experience some degree of presbyopia. People will experience the loss of near vision at different rates which can cause some to notice it earlier than others, and that is why some people do not seek out presbyopia treatment until their 50’s or later.

Symptoms of Presbyopia

  • You notice eye strain earlier than you used to when reading or performing up-close tasks
  • Words and details are blurry at distances at which you used to be able to see clearly
  • You feel tired or suffer headaches after reading or working on things at a close distance
  • Books, magazines, newspapers, and electronics must be held further away in order to focus.
  • You increase light to gain a slight improvement in focus

How Do I Know if I Have Presbyopia?

If you suspect you have presbyopia, you should see our experienced ophthalmologists confirm the diagnosis and monitor your eye health. Our eye doctors can recommend treatments to help you improve your vision.

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat at so we can address and answer them for you.

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