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Presbyopia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Have you noticed that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to read fine print, especially in low light or while wearing your contacts or glasses? If so, you may be experiencing presbyopia, a common age-related vision condition that typically begins to affect individuals in their early to mid-40s.

Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens of the eye loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on close objects. This can result in blurred vision when reading, using a computer, or performing other tasks that require near vision. While presbyopia is a normal part of aging, it can be frustrating for those who rely on their vision for work, hobbies, and daily activities.

The exact cause of presbyopia is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to changes in the lens of the eye as we age. Other factors that can contribute to the development of presbyopia include genetics, certain medical conditions, and medications.

Common symptoms of presbyopia include:

– Difficulty reading small print

– Blurred vision at close range

– Eyestrain or headaches when performing close-up tasks

– Needing to hold reading material at arm’s length to see it clearly

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an eye exam with an eye care professional. During the exam, your eye doctor will conduct a series of tests to determine the extent of your presbyopia and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

Treatments for presbyopia may include prescription eyeglasses, bifocal, or progressive lenses, or contact lenses. If corrective lenses have not resolved the problem, then refractive surgery may be an option help to eliminate the need for corrective lenses. Procedures such as LASIK or PRK can be used to correct presbyopia by reshaping the cornea to improve near vision. However, these surgeries are not suitable for everyone and may not be recommended for individuals with certain eye conditions.

At The Eye Center of South Carolina, our experienced team of eye care professionals can diagnose and treat presbyopia using the latest technology and techniques. We understand the impact that vision problems can have on your daily life and are committed to providing personalized care to help you achieve clear vision.

Don’t let presbyopia hold you back from doing the things you love. Contact The Eye Center of South Carolina today to schedule an appointment and explore your treatment options. With the right care and attention, you can enjoy clear, comfortable vision at all distances and continue to live life to the fullest.

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