Reading Glasses: How to Spot the Signs of Presbyopia

Getting older is never fun and as we age, we see notable differences in our body’s physical and mental abilities. One of the most notable changes we experience early on is changes in our eyesight.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or what genetic background you have. Ageing will eventually get to you and eyesight deterioration is one aspect that is totally unavoidable. All we can do is ensure we protect, preserve and respect our eyesight as best we can and by doing so, promote better health and wellness at the same time.

Folks who’ve reached the 40-65 year old age bracket will know all too well that eyesight depreciation will start to set in sooner or later. It’s during this time in our lives that we experience most changes that we can see, feel and in many cases, be completely unaware of.

Eyesight changes however literally stare us right in the face (pun intended)! Suddenly, we find ourselves struggling to read smaller, finer text and items such as books, magazines, food ingredient labels, restaurant menus and disclaimer small print becomes a real struggle. Sufferers of this problems tend to start holding reading material farther away from their eyes to focus on the words better. But why is this?

The reason is purely down to ageing of the lens. When we’re young, our lenses are supple, flexible and able to adjust to varying conditions, whether this be poor or brightly lit environments, close up or far distant objects or in this case bold or fine printed text.

This is because with youth, comes the ability of our eyes to adjust as fully as possible to the challenges our vision is faced with and thus, seeing most objects from a near or far distance is never an issue.

As we get older, those conditions change because the lenses in our eyes become more brittle, less malleable and struggle to alter shape to find the optimal focal position. And so what happens is, ours eyes do the best they can to reach the correct focal point which by and large, is a lot smaller than it was years prior. Hence why it’s commonplace to see people stretching their arms out, far in front of themselves to read a book because essentially, what we’re doing is trying to find the focal range that will work best to view the object they’re holding.

If the above sounds very familiar then the chances are, you’re in this age bracket and you’re experiencing the symptoms of presbyopia. And the bad news doesn’t stop there.

There’s no known cure for presbyopia. It’s not a life threatening ailment but it can be quite distressing to realise that your eyes simply don’t work as well as they once did, and things are only going to get worse.

The only practical solution is to start wearing reading glasses. For many, this is an exciting time and they treat the idea of wearing reading glasses as a colourful addition to their fashionable look whilst others find it daunting that they have to be seen in public for the first time, adorning something on their face that feels alien to them.

All we can say is embrace it because this is something that you will certainly have to get used to, and quickly!

Thankfully, reading glasses are easy to come by and for the most part, unless you insist on wearing designer brands, cost very little. The internet is full of great websites offering some superb lines in reading glasses and sunreaders that come in various shapes, sizes and most important of all, powers ranging from +0.25 all the way up to +6.00.

A good pair of readers can also be bought from various convenience stores and high street shops on small, compact display stands tucked away near the cash registers. These are a great way of checking what your ideal reading glasses strength should be, so if you think you need to start wearing them, this is a great way to test how your eyes react to a pair and perhaps, you may just find the exact power you need to then go out and shop for a pair that you fall in love with.

But before you rush out and buy yourself a pair of reading glasses, firstly make sure that you’re absolutely sure that you have presbyopia. Self-diagnosis is never recommended and you should always get your eyes checked by an eye-care professional such as a optometrist or optician to be absolutely sure.

So if you feel that your eyesight has become blurry, reading text is now more difficult and perhaps you suffer from headaches, eye strain and fatigue, then these could be sure signs that your eyesight is sadly starting to diminish and it’s time to go and have your eyes checked out.

But remember, presbyopia is completely harmless and is not a life-threatening condition. It’s simply a change in our lives we must embrace and grab with both hands to use as a catalyst to make positive changes in our lives.

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Reading Glasses: How to Spot the Signs of Presbyopia