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Presbyopia is the inevitable fate of all of us.

The word ‘presbyopia’ means ‘old eye’ in Greek. Unlike many other conditions surrendering to reading glasses isn’t a question of if, but when. If you live long enough, you will need reading glasses. The good news is there are more possibilities than ever to continue functioning seamlessly despite of the loss of your natural ability to see up close.

The lens in your eye’s flexibility allows it to change shape to focus on near, intermediate and far objects. The lens slowly loses its flexibility. After 40 the lens becomes more rigid and cannot change shape as easily. This causes the difficulty in reading and other close up tasks. If you do not correct presbyopia you may get headaches due to eyestrain.

In my next post I will discuss temporary and permanent solutions to presbyopia.

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