In old age, individuals may find that they are in need of a pair of glasses to read up close. This is due to a condition named presbyopia, which will eventually affect everyone!
Presbyopia is a condition that affects the ability of the eye to focus on near objects in old age. Presbyopia is caused by the hardening of the crystalline lens, due to an accumulation of insoluble lens proteins, within the eye which limits its ability to focus, much like a focussing lens in a camera. The symptoms of presbyopia occur very gradually, such as a gradual inability to view small print and letters as clearly as once before. Without a correction, this is generally rectified by moving the print further away from the eye. It may also be harder to view in the dark. Presbyopia affects everyone, so there is no need to worry!
The best treatment for presbyopia is in the form of updated prescription glasses as an assistive tool to read small print. Prescription glasses come in the form of single vision lenses, multifocal and bifocal varieties, which can be customised to suit the wearer and their needs. At Eyecare Network, our dispensers will suit the customer with a custom lens based on the use of the spectacles and the patient’s occupation. We value tailoring the lens so that the patient has the best spectacles to suit their purposes.
With a condition like presbyopia, the crystalline lens will only get progressively stiffer and stiffer with age. This will mean that an update of the prescription is needed every few years to ensure optimal vision.
To see one of our optometrists for an eye examination or to make a pair of glasses with our lovely dispensers, contact us on 9728 7288.