What is Presbyopia?

For those who are unaware as to what Presbyopia is, it’s the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects. Though there are several extraneous factors which can increase your likelihood of developing the disease, the main overarching factor causing development of Presbyopia is aging. Usually becoming noticeable in your mid-40’s with Mild symptoms, it continues on to worsen until the age of 65. So, how can we recognise the development of this early and prevent it?

During your 40’s, though the symptoms are typically considered as mild they are still evident. Leading medical experts outline that recognition of the disease are normally categorised by 3 things:

1) A tendency to hold reading material further away to make letters clearer
2) Blurred vison at a normal reading distance
3) Eyestrain or headaches after reading or doing close-up work

When exploring the early warning signs in terms of reading it’s typically in reference to paper-based books, however, the use of electronic devices can only significantly increase the development of Presbyopia, and not just in people in their 40s.

Medical professionals have expressed apprehension regarding growing numbers of younger patients with digital eyestrain. At the beginning of 2018, studies conducted in Japan and Korea showed a shocking increasing trend of vision disturbances, including Presbyopia, in younger individuals. Why? It’s simple. The “Blue Light” emitted by smartphones and other digital devices prematurely ages not only the condition of your eyes but your eyesight as a whole. Effecting your ocular wellbeing beyond eyestrain and contributes to otherwise “age-related” conditions including Macular Degeneration, Myopia (near-sightedness), and Presbyopia (far-sightedness). But not only the dreaded “Blue Light” can cause hasted development, factors including Medical conditions (such as Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and/or Cardiovascular Diseases) and Medication (such as Antidepressants, Antihistamines and Diuretics) can also have a significant effect too.

It’s evidently clear that despite our age, we are all subject to becoming a victim of Presbyopia. If the evidence above isn’t convincing enough, a horrific 2.1 billion people worldwide have been dramatically affected by Presbyopia in 2020, that’s just over a third of the entire world’s population.

So can Presbyopia be cured?

Well, unfortunately, there isn’t actually any certified medical research outlining that Presbyopia can in fact be cured. Granted, this is not the best of news, but we can still fight hard to prevent the strengthening of the disease. Here at EyeLounge we would recommend the following:

  • Get regular eye examinations.
  • Control chronic health conditions that could contribute to vision loss, including but not limited to those mentioned above.
  • Wear sunglasses and/or protective eyeglasses when participating in activities that could result in eye injury. As well as ensuring you're using the correct strength of eyeglasses.
  • Use good lighting when reading, whether it be from a paper or electronic, guaranteeing you’re a safe distance from the source if it's electronic.
  • Using a powerful eye vitamin to strengthen the overall condition of your Ocular circuit and eye-sight ability such as VITEYES 2 ADVANCED

We recommend that you see an Ocular specialist if blurry close-up vision is keeping you from reading, doing close-up work or enjoying normal activities.

Seek immediate medical care if you:

  • Have sudden loss of vision in one eye with or without eye pain.
  • Experience sudden hazy or blurred vision.
  • See flashes of light, black spots or haloes around light.
  • Have a double vision.