Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the crystalline lens of the eye loses its flexibility, which makes it difficult for your eyes to focus on close objects. Presbyopia may seem to appear suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a number of years, usually becoming noticeable in the early to mid- 40's. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process of the eye and cannot be prevented.
Some signs of presbyopia include the tendency to hold reading materials at arm's length, blurred vision at normal reading distance, and eye fatigue along with headaches while doing close work. During your comprehensive eye examination, testing for presbyopia will be performed and specific lenses will be prescribed to allow you to see clearly and comfortably. Advances in spectacle lenses, like no line progressive bifocals and multifocal contact lenses are available to help compensate for presbyopia.