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Age can impact your vision in many ways. You can develop problems with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Your eyes may lose their ability to focus on objects close by, which is a condition known as presbyopia. This gradual loss of near vision often occurs around the mid-forties, and it may become worse as the years go by. At Maple Ridge Eye Care, we will help you manage the symptoms of presbyopia to improve your vision. Let’s look at what you should know about this eye condition.


In your younger years, the lens of your eye is quite flexible. Its shape and length can be easily adjusted by tiny ciliary muscles to provide good vision up close and at a distance. As you age, however, the lens of your eye begins to harden, making it difficult for it to alter its shape to see objects close by. This gradual loss of close-up vision is called presbyopia. Its primary cause is the hardening of the lens of your eye as you grow older.


Some of the early symptoms of presbyopia are:

  • Blurred vision when trying to read a book, newspaper, or phone at normal reading distance
  • Headaches or eye strain from doing work up close
  • Having to hold reading materials at a distance to distinguish the words clearly

If you are having trouble reading due to blurred close-up vision, contact our optometrists for a checkup. Our eye doctors can accurately diagnose presbyopia through an eye exam.


Fortunately, presbyopia can easily be treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. After examining your eyes, the eye doctor will recommend the best eyewear to improve your vision. Some options are bifocals or progressive lenses to enhance your distant and near vision, reading glasses for seeing up close, or multifocal or monovision contact lenses. LASIK eye surgery corrects the symptoms of myopia, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Contact Our Optometrists in Maple Ridge

If you would like to schedule a consultation for presbyopia diagnosis and treatment, contact Maple Ridge Eye Care to make an appointment with one of our eye doctors. Call our team today at (604) 670-4434 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

Written by Dr. M. Hurlbert

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