Arms not long enough?

From the age of 40 onwards everyone will experience changes in their near vision

Normally your eyes are focussed for distance vision. To focus on close objects, a muscle in the eye changes the shape of the lens. When we get older the lens loses its flexibility and is less able to change its shape, making it difficult to focus on close objects. This change is known as presbyopia.

People with presbyopia may have difficulty concentrating when reading or may find that periods of close work result in sore eyes, headaches or tiredness.

Although presbyopia cannot be prevented, it can be corrected with spectacles or contact lenses. Because the human lens continues to change as you grow older, your presbyopic prescription will increase over time as well. Click here to learn more.

Although presbyopia is most often the cause of blurred close vision for people in their mid 40s, it is vitally important that other possible causes be ruled out, especially eye disease. People who wear glasses for distance vision are affected by presbyopia just as people who don’t wear glasses are.

Some people have tried eye exercises to stave off the effects of presbyopia, but to little or no effect. This is because presbyopia is due to a loss of flexibility of the lens, not a weakening of the muscles which move the lens into position.

One of the most common complaints we encounter is from patients in their mid-40s who have always had perfect vision but over the previous few months have encountered difficulty reading. They find that they have to hold books and newspapers further away to see them clearly, eventually reaching the point where they complain that their arms are no longer long enough.