Presbyopia causes a loss of reading vision due to age.

What is presbyopia?

The natural lens, which is the flexible element of focus in the eye, enables most young people to see clearly in the distance and up close. Flexibility of the natural lens diminishes with age, and by the mid-forties, even people who have never previously needed spectacles start to need reading glasses.

This age-related loss of reading vision is called ‘presbyopia.’

What are the symptoms of presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an inability to focus on things in your near vision. Symptoms are therefore:

  • Having problems seeing or reading things up close
  • Having to hold reading materials such as newspapers or menus at arms' length in order to read them
  • Headache
  • Eye strain

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