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Presbyopia – Or Why Can’t I Read This? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

Presbyopia (Prez-bee-OP-ee-a) really does sound kind of scary, doesn’t it?  In fact, it’s simply a natural part of aging and just about everyone, beginning at the age of 40 or so, will start experiencing the symptoms of presbyopia.  It doesn’t come on in a day or two, it’s a slow process.  As you age, your inability to see text close up will worsen.  Presbyopia is not a disease.  It’s a normal condition which comes as a result of aging.

What’s happening to your eyes is this: as people age, the natural lens inside the eyes begin to become less flexible. This makes it more and more difficult to see objects which are close up, such as books and newspapers or even a watch or the clasp to a bracelet. It’s an annoyance. You’ve seen middle-aged people joke about having to hold a newspaper with their arms totally extended so that they can read the paper, right?  Well, that sight loss is a result of presbyopia.

And that’s one of the ways you are going to know when you are beginning to lose some of your normal vision to this condition. When you can no longer comfortably read a newspaper, magazine, or book at normal reading range, or when your eyes get tired or you get a headache when attempting to read while holding your reading material at normal range, then it’s time to get a vision test for presbyopia.

If you are over forty and suddenly realizing that text is getting a little harder to read, make an appointment for an eye exam with your eye doctor conveniently located in Plainview on Long Island.

An eye exam with your optometrist will be simple and straightforward.  If you need them, eyeglasses can be fitted to compensate for your difficulty in seeing close up.  Even prescription sunglasses can be fabricated so that you can read while sipping a cold beverage on the beach or by the pool this summer!


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