The 411 on Presbyopia

eye problemAs you age you will more than likely get some form of presbyopia. Not to be confused with farsightedness, presbyopia is the gradual loss of the ability to see objects at different distances. As your eyes lenses start to age and lose elasticity, it becomes harder for them to accommodate to seeing both up close and far away. If you think you are suffering from presbyopia, read on to learn more.

How is it detected?

You should be getting your eyes checked by Wilkinson Eye Center at least once a year. During your annual eye exam you will be checked for eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, but you will also undergo a vision test that will help to determine if you are in fact suffer from presbyopia.

How is it treated?

Depending on how far advanced your presbyopia is, one of the experts at Wilkinson Eye Center may encourage one of the following treatment options to help stabilize your vision and allow you to see once again.

Reading Glasses

If you notice that your presbyopia is causing things like reading or seeing up close to become more and more difficult, then you might just need a pair of reading glasses. Although you can purchase reading glasses from your local drugstore or pharmacy, getting a prescription strength form of reading glasses will help you to see as best as possible. Additionally, you will be able to pick a type of lens and frame that will hold up against things like glares and scratching.


As the most common method for treating presbyopia, bifocals give patients the ability to see both far away and up close with just one set of glasses. By placing your nearsighted lenses on the top and your farsighted lenses on the bottom, you can get the best of both worlds without having to fumble and switch out your glasses every few minutes. In order to get properly fitted for bifocal lenses, one of our Wilkinson Eye Center experts can lend you a hand.

Contact Lenses

If you aren’t a fan of wearing glasses and prefer contact lenses instead, you can be evaluated for bifocal contact lenses. By wearing one lens to help you see up close and one lens to help you see far away, your brain will adjust to your contact lenses and will give you the same ability as bifocals but without the glasses.

To learn more about presbyopia or to schedule an appointment, contact Wilkinson Eye Center today!


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