What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia literally means ‘old eye’. It’s a natural part of the aging process where the crystalline lens of your eye begins to stiffen up and lose its flexibility, making it difficult for you to focus on close objects.


You may notice that you experience difficulty reading, focusing on instructions written on the back of jars, and holding things away from you in order to read them clearly. You probably have blurring of your eyes when items are close to you, and may be experiencing headaches and eye fatigue while working, especially on a computer.


You’re probably wondering, as you hold items at arm’s length to try to read them, when companies started to use such tiny, tiny writing; but it’s not them-it’s you! The loss of flexibility in the eye takes place over a number of years, but always seems quite sudden when one day you have trouble seeing things up close. It’s not a disease; it’s quite normal-but it can’t be prevented. It’s all part of getting older.


Presbyopia cannot be treated with Laser Eye Surgery-but there is a radical new procedure on the way; so watch this space. If you have presbyopia, sometimes an intra-ocular lens can be inserted to aid vision. Call Optilase Laser Eye Clinics on 1890 301 302 for more information, or visit www.optilase.com