A significant majority of people over age 65 suffers from presbyopia. As we get older, certain structures in our eye stiffen, leaving many unable to focus on distant objects. At our offices in Leesburg, FL, Clermont, FL, and Eustis, FL, Drs. Jeffrey Sheridan and Craig Fishman at Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Associates provide a full selection of stylish designer frames, contact lenses, and intraocular lenses to treat age-related farsightedness.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a natural result of aging and occurs as the lenses inside your eyes lose flexibility. Normally, these lenses adjust in order to refract light at different distances. But once they become less flexible, our lenses often overshoot and focus light behind instead of directly onto the retina. Consequently, objects at a close distance appear blurry. In fact, the first sign of presbyopia for many patients is a need to hold reading material out at an arm's distance. As the condition worsens, you may suffer from eyestrain and headaches, particularly from close-up work.
Although the specifics depend on the patient, most patients can typically anticipate changes to their eyesight from their mid-40s to their mid-60s. Presbyopia can occur on its own, but it often appears in conjunction with other refractive errors, such as myopia.