Presbyopia

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is often confused with hyperopia since the symptoms present themselves in the same way. Objects that are close by appear to be blurred to a person with presbyopia.

Presbyopia is caused as part of the natural aging process of the eye. The ciliary muscles lose their ideal functioning power over time and do not work effectively. Even the crystalline lens loses its flexibility over time (it starts hardening), thereby affecting it focusing power. Even if someone has never had any vision problems in their life, they may still very well be subject to the effects of presbyopia. It occurs between the ages of 40 – 60.

Correction of Presbyopia

Just as in hyperopia, presbyopia can be treated with the use of simple eyeglasses with convex lenses (positive power). Contact lenses can also be used in a such a situation. Although they are more convenient, sometimes cases of both myopia and presbyopia may exist. In such a case, it is better to use bi-focal lenses.

Bifocals have both a concave and convex surface are part of their refractive design. The image below shows a bifocal design.

Presbyopia

When the eyeglasses are placed upright, you will notice that the concave lens is placed in the upper portion while the convex lens is placed in the lower portion of the collective lens.

Progressive lenses are almost the same as bifocal lenses and they work the same way. The only difference is that there is no visible line differentiating the separation between the concave and convex lenses. Here, the transition is smoother. It presents an added comfort factor.

Sometimes people with both defects opt for an option called monovision. They use contact lenses where one of the pair corrects one defect and the other lens corrects the other defect. This will work but may cause problems with effective perceptive. There are also modified monovision contact lenses which attempt to solve the problem of depth perception.

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Practise This Question

Contraction of the ciliary muscles ____ the focal length.