Presbyopia affects each and every one of us as we enter our 40’s and progresses until we reach the approximate age of 65. Prior to the age of 40, the crystalline lens is soft and flexible permitting it to change its shape and alter its curvature so that it can help focus your vision at various distances-from far, to near, to arms length, to far or near again. This flexibility gives you the ability to see things at all distances.
Around the time we enter our 40’s, the crystalline lens begins to stiffen making it progressively more difficult to change focus and thus to see clearly at all distances. Often, this reduces our ability to see objects clearly at arms length or up close. This gradual loss of flexibility is called Presbyopia or “old eyes’. Presbyopia is a normal and expected consequence of growing older and it affects everyone. Patients beginning Presbyopia will often find their “arms are too short” requiring them to see up close by moving near objects and reading material farther away in order to bring them into focus and see them clearly.
When Presbyopia begins people who have never worn eyeglasses find that they need reading glasses or bifocals in order to read and see up close. People who already wear glasses may need bifocals or trifocals in order to see comfortably up close. It is important to note that Presbyopia affects everyone including those who have cataracts.
The Eye Center is conveniently located for patients needing an eye examination for presbyopia or near vision correction from Denver, Aurora, Arvada, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Lone Tree, Centennial, Bailey, Pine, Evergreen, Conifer Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Commerce City, Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, Cherry Hills Village, Northglenn, Broomfield and Greenwood Village. If you, a family member or friend, would like to schedule an eye examination for presbyopia or near vision correction, please call The Eye Center in Denver, Colorado at 303-777-5455