Around the age of 40, most adults begin noticing changes in their visual acuity. This condition, known as Presbyopia, often starts with people experiencing blurred near vision when reading, working on the computer, or performing other visually intensive activities. Presbyopia is caused by the hardening of the eye’s lens – and unfortunately it’s a natural and inescapable part of the aging process.
If you’re experiencing difficulties while reading or have noticed that your near-vision is blurred, it might be time to invest in some quality reading glasses. Here are some tell-tell signs of presbyopia:
- Increased squinting
Often, when Presbyopia begins, people will squint or hold their reading materials at an arm’s length. As the body ages, the eye lens becomes harder and less elastic, which makes it more difficult for the eye to focus on near objects.
- Magazines and book fonts are blurry
If you notice that you have problems, reading magazines or book fonts, you might be suffering from Presbyopia. The good thing is that its symptoms can be significantly reduced just by wearing reading glass, while working at a computer or reading.
- Holding items at arm’s length
Squinting and holding your reading materials at an arm’s length often go hand in hand. Or if you gradually are unable make out the fonts in books and magazines and your eyes just can’t seem to focus on near objects.
- Get headaches when performing activities that require finer visual detail or acuity
Presbyopia can cause eyestrain, which results in headache, if left uncorrected. While it’s not abnormal to feel tense after long and/or extensive activity requiring visual intensity, noticing that you’re getting headaches with minimal visual efforts could be a sign of Presbyopia.
- More increasing zoom on the computer
A size 12 font is the average reading font for most online materials. If you were able to read most of your online materials with ease but now notice that you’re increasing the zoom on your computer to focus better, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor Presbyopia affects not only your reading process, but can also make working on your computer a difficult and straining activity.
Recognizing that you may be experiencing signs of Presbyopia can be straight forward for the most part. And the sooner you correct your vision the better, as the increased straining may lead to worsening visual problems.
Exploring visual correction options such as contact lenses, laser surgery procedures, or simply buying a nice pair of reading glasses will reduce your visual strain and give your eyes a break!