When Presbyopia Strikes

Eye Clinic Services Maui HIWith age comes change. Some of that change can be good; the birth of children and grandchildren, for example. Other changes, especially those that affect our overall health and wellness, don’t always feel so great. For instance, when we find that we are holding labels far away from our face so we can read them, or when we squint to try and read menus in dimly-lit restaurants, we may feel frustrated by our new limitations. We may not be able to see visual changes coming. However, we don’t have to be sidelined by problems like presbyopia when they do occur.

Presbyopia is a common vision problem that affects most adults at some point. Statistics suggest that we may begin to see differently sometime around age 40. Our ability to focus on objects that are close to our eyes, like a book versus a street sign, diminishes because the lenses in the eyes lose their elastic nature over time. This could be due to a decline in hyaluronic acid (the same factor related to aging skin). Whatever the direct cause, science has yet to find a way to prevent this change from happening.

It is estimated that over 110 million adults in America have presbyopia. One of the biggest challenges of this eye problem is that many people assume they need glasses to correct their vision. Because today’s generations of adults are living more active lives, the idea of wearing eyeglasses is increasingly unappealing. Who has time to sift through their purse or backpack whenever they need to read a label? Who wants to be bothered by slipping eyeglasses when they are knitting or crocheting? And what about sports and other activities? Corrective eyeglasses are becoming outdated.

Know Your Options

Every one of us is our own best advocate when it comes to healthcare. To become that, we must know what options are available to us. This way, we are better able to choose which path best meets our needs. For patients with presbyopia, it is easy to assume that the time has come for those telltale bifocal lenses. You know, the glasses with a line right in the center. Before you jump on that opportunity, consider an alternative: multifocal contact lenses.

Just like eyeglasses hold a prescription for near and distance vision, so can contact lenses. Wearing multifocal contacts frees you up to engage in whatever activity you’d like without having to accommodate eyeglasses. Learn more about your options for treating presbyopia. Schedule a consultation in our Kihei or Wailuku office.

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