Presbyopia – the “Over 40” loss of near vision
Hold the book up close and the words appear blurred. Push the book farther away, and the words snap back into sharp focus.
That’s how most of us first recognise a condition that eye care professionals call presbyopia, a name derived from Greek words meaning “old eye”.
Eye fatigue or headaches when doing close work, such as sewing, knitting or painting, are also common symptoms. It is associated with ageing and for this reason presbyopia is often met with a groan! – and an expectation that reading glasses, bifocals or varifaocals are inevitable. Until recently this was true, however certain contact lenses can now provide clear and comfortable vision. If this is something you would like to try then wait no longer, give it a go!