Ways to Manage Presbyopia

Sep 1, 2023 | Eye Health Info

Presbyopia is an eye condition that affects everyone as they age. This condition makes it harder for the eyes to focus on objects up close. Though it’s an inevitable part of aging, there are things you can do to manage presbyopia and prevent it from interfering with your daily life. Here are some tips for managing this common condition.   

Regular eye exams

The first step in managing presbyopia is to get your eyes checked regularly. Comprehensive eye exams can help detect early signs of presbyopia and other eye health issues. Your eye doctor can also advise on the best way to manage your presbyopia based on your specific needs. They will offer personalized solutions to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have. 

Glasses or contact lenses

The most common way to manage presbyopia is to wear glasses or contact lenses. Progressive, multifocal, and monovision lenses are all effective treatments for presbyopia. 

  • Progressive lenses are a type of multifocal lens that gradually changes power from the top of the lens to the bottom. The lens power gradually transitions from the distance prescription at the top to the near prescription at the bottom. This seamless transition eliminates the visible lines or segments found in traditional bifocal or trifocal lenses. 
  • Multifocal lenses have distinct zones or segments on the lens surface, each with a different prescription power. These zones include near, intermediate, and distance vision correction areas. 
  • Monovision lenses correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. Adapting to monovision lenses may require an adjustment period as the brain learns to process the difference in focus between the eyes. 

Adequate lighting

Adequate lighting is essential for people with presbyopia, especially when reading or doing tasks that require near vision. Make sure the area where you are working is well-lit and avoid glare from windows or light sources. If possible, use task lighting, such as a desk lamp, to provide additional illumination. 

Presbyopia is a common condition that can be managed with proper care and attention. By getting your eyes checked regularly, using adequate lighting, adjusting your habits, and considering other options, such as contact lenses or surgery, you can prevent presbyopia from interfering with your daily life. Contact us today to learn how you can manage your presbyopia and maintain healthy eyesight as you age.