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Dealing with natural, age-related changes in your vision

As you get older, you may need to keep an eye out for some changes to your health and signs. When it comes to your vision, there is a natural change that happens to everyone as you enter your 40s.

Presbyopia is a natural, age-related change that makes it more difficult to see objects close-up. It is a refractive error, just like myopia (short sightedness) or astigmatism. While presbyopia cannot be prevented, it is easily treated and managed.



As you get older, the lens in your eye begins to naturally lose elasticity and become stiffer. This loss of flexibility in the lens makes it difficult to focus on different distances. There are some helpful signs to look out for to determine whether you need correction for this.

For instance, if you experience trouble reading small print or you need to adjust the distance of your reading material, you may be developing presbyopia. It can be diagnosed during a routine eye examination and is easily treated through corrective lenses.

A change in your vision can be disheartening, and even a little disorientating at first. Presbyopia will eventually happen to everyone as they get older, so you're not alone.



If you struggle with seeing objects clearly at various distances, you will likely need to wear varifocal lenses or contact lenses.

Varifocal lenses are a useful solution that can provide sharp vision across different vision zones. Modern breakthrough technology used by lens manufacturers such as Essilor makes varifocal lenses easy to adapt to, especially for first-time wearers dealing with vision change.

Other lenses for multiple vision zones, such as bifocals, are often designed with a visible line across the lens to separate the zones. Bifocal lenses have a correction for distance vision in the top half of the lens and a segment in the bottom half of the lens for correcting near vision. The line or segment is visible to others and can be off-putting for some wearers, as it makes it evident that they're wearing bifocal lenses. Varifocal lenses have no line, with a subtle and gradual changing of power through the lens so that your vision is corrected for multiple distances rather than just near vision and distant vision.



... but you can prolong your vision by following a healthy lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet and taking part in regular exercise. Attending routine eye examinations on a regular basis will ensure early diagnosis of any other potential eye problems which can be treated before they become too severe. Spotting an eye condition early can be key to preventing and managing its progression. If you notice any changes in your vision please get in touch with us at Lunettes. 


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