Deteriorating eye health and increasingly poor vision are a fact of life for many of us from middle age onward.
Most people over the age of 40 experience Presbyopia, our lenses lose their flexibility. By age 50, most of us require reading glasses and we have to hold reading materials further and further from our eyes.
The ability of the lens to alter its shape in order to focus on objects brought close to the eye is called "accommodation". The ability to accommodate is a basic, but important "biological age" test bio-marker.
Modern living re-enforces this age-related tendency of the lens to lose its ability to accommodate. Only recently have most of us performed sustained near vision tasks for year after year beginning at a young age.
Here are five ways to know if you have Presbyopia:
You find that you are holding a menu or other reading material at arm's length in order to focus and read it. This is usually one of the first signs that people identify with the condition.
Headaches and fatigue are other signs that may indicate you have Presbyopia. The strain that is put on the eyes as you struggle to see things at close range can often lead to headaches and fatigue.
You find that while spending time writing, crocheting or doing your other typical up-close activities, you struggle to see, experience blurred vision and have a headache when you are finished.
Most department stores sell non-prescription reading glasses. Take a book with you to the store and try a pair on. If you can hold the book at a normal reading distance and read just fine with the glasses on, then it is a good indication you have some level of presbyopia.
To really know if you have the condition, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with an optometrist.