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Did you ever wonder why it gets harder to read small print as you get older? With age, your eye's lens becomes more and more inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia.

Those with untreated presbyopia may hold reading material at arm's length to be able to focus properly. Performing other tasks at close range, such as sewing or handwriting, can also result in headaches, eyestrain or fatigue in individuals who have developed presbyopia. In order to treat presbyopia, there are a few alternatives available, which take your eyewear preferences into account.

The thing with reading glasses is that they are mostly efficient for contact lens wearers or for people who don't already wear glasses for problems with distance vision. These are readily available, but it's advised not to buy a pair until you have the advice of your optometrist. Lots of people aren't aware that reading glasses may be handy for short periods of time but they can eventually result in fatigue when people overwear them. Custom made readers are often a better solution. They can also rectify astigmatism, comfortably accommodate prescriptions which are not the same in both of your eyes, and on top of that, the optic centers of every lens are customized to fit the person who wears them. The reading distance is another detail that can be made to suit your individual needs.

And if you're already wearing glasses for myopia, and would rather just use one pair of glasses at a time, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or PALs (progressive addition lenses), which are very popular. These are eyeglasses that have separate points of focus; the lower part has the prescription for seeing things at close range. If you already wear contacts, it's worthwhile to talk to your optometrist to discuss multifocal contact lenses. There's also a treatment technique known as monovision. Monovision is when one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Due to the fact that your sight continues to change as you grow older, you can anticipate adjusting your prescription periodically. Presbyopia still affects people even after refractive surgery, so it is it's worthwhile to take the time to find out about all the options before making decisions about your vision care.

It's best to speak to your eye doctor for an informed perspective. Vision changes as you reach middle age and we want to help you manage your changing eyesight in the way that's most helpful and beneficial to you.