• Presbyopia, meaning “old eye” in Greek, is a condition that occurs as part of the normal human aging process. As individuals age, the lens of the eye becomes less flexible and eye muscles lose some strength. This causes the lens to have trouble focusing on nearby objects.
• People as young as 35 can develop presbyopia though most start noticing problems seeing up close in their late 40’s.
• Everyone will get presbyopia. There is no known way to prevent presbyopia but correction is relatively simple.
• Presbyopia has no cure but it will not keep getting worse indefinitely; usually the process stabilizes around age 65.
• There are many ways to correct for presbyopia including reading glasses, computer glasses, no-line progressive eyeglass lenses, and multifocal contact lenses.