Invision Eyewear

Located in Oak Park Mall (lower level)
 11477 W 95th St, Overland Park, KS 66214


Located in Oak Park Mall (lower level)

Does Everyone Need Glasses Eventually? Presbiopia: A Natural Part Of Aging

Does Everyone Need Glasses Eventually?   Presbiopia: A Natural Part of Aging

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What Is Presbyopia?

The medical term presbyopia is Greek for “old eyes.” But before you start obsessing about your ebbing youth, relax. Remember that the loss of clear, up-close vision eventually happens to all of us. It’s not a disease; it’s as normal as wrinkles. And there’s an upside!

There are eyeglasses — even funky, fashionable ones! Or those clever “studious type” specs you’ve been eyeing. Whether it’s contact lenses or correction surgery, there are so many choices that it may make this rite of passage a little less of a bummer. Don’t worry; whatever you choose, you’ll be reading menus again in no time.

woman with book for older woman adjusting glasses

If you’re over 40 and have started to notice blurry vision up close, at mid-range (arm’s length), or in low light, you may be experiencing the first signs of presbyopia.

Presbyopia is the normal loss of near focusing ability that occurs with age. Because it’s a natural part of aging, there’s no escaping presbyopia, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. Luckily, there are solutions—such as progressive lenses—that can enable you to experience clear vision at every distance once again.

Presbiopia Symptoms:

Whether you already wear glasses or have never worn them before, presbyopia can affect you. Talk to an eyecare professional if you experience any of these symptoms.

  • Blurry vision up close or at mid-range
  • Trouble reading small text or focusing on details up close 
  • Difficulty reading in low light
  • Seeing halos around lights at night
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches, eye strain, or tired eyes

Additionally, you may find yourself engaging in these behaviors to see clearly.

older woman adjusting glasses for tablet

The Switch

Changing glasses to see clearly at different distances

man tilting head to read mid-range

The Quick Fix

Tilting your head to view objects at mid-range

man stretching arm’s length to read

The Stretch

Holding a book or phone at arm’s length to read

woman raising her glasses to focus on text

The Lift

Raising your glasses to focus on text or objects at close-range

man holding phone close to face to read

The Zoom

Zooming in on your phone or tablet to read small text or see details

Presbyopia Solutions

If you’re experiencing presbyopia, there are several treatment options to consider:

  • Reading glasses
  • Bifocals, trifocals, or multifocal lenses
  • Progressive lenses

If you’ve never required vision correction before, a simple pair of reading glasses can help with close tasks. The obvious downside is that you’ll need to remove them to see objects at mid-range or in the distance.

Bifocals, trifocals, and multifocal lenses offer different zones of clear vision so you can see at multiple distances. However, wearers experience abrupt transitions as well as blurry vision between zones.

The best solution by far is a pair of progressive lenses, which enable wearers to see clearly at every distance with smooth transitions from near to far. Additionally, progressive lenses don’t have ugly and distracting “bifocal” lines.

presbyopia correction options
Understanding your eye health and getting regular eye exams will help you continue to see clearly and comfortably.

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