When you are young, your natural lens is soft and flexible. This flexibility is what allows your lens to change shape when you attempt to “zoom in” with your vision to see objects up-close. As you age, the natural lens of your eye loses its flexibility making it difficult to read at a close range or focus on objects that are very near to you. This condition is called presbyopia and affects everyone, usually starting in your early-to-mid 40’s. Because of this blurred vision for close-up tasks, many people begin holding objects farther away or may turn to reading glasses.
It is possible to have presbyopia in combination with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Unfortunately, no medication or exercise has been found to reverse presbyopia. It is likely that you will see some change to your prescription between the ages of 40 and 60 as your lens continues to lose its flexibility. Fortunately, there are several different options available ranging from eyeglasses or contacts to surgical options.