Presbyopia: A common vision problem after age 40

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Presbyopia is the normal loss of near focusing ability that occurs with age. Most people begin to notice the effects of presbyopia sometime after age 40, when they start having trouble seeing small print clearly.

You can’t escape aging and you can’t escape presbyopia, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. Even people who are nearsighted will notice their near vision blurs when they wear their usual eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision.


Presbyopia develops gradually. Some signs and symptoms of presbyopia include having a hard time reading small print, having to hold reading material (books, magazines, menus, digital devices, labels, etc.) at greater arm’s distance, and difficulty seeing objects that are close to you.

Even if you can still see well up close, presbyopia can cause headaches, eye strain and visual fatigue that makes reading and other near vision tasks less comfortable and more tiring.


Unfortunately, there is no cure for presbyopia. However, there are multifocal lenses, contact lenses, and single vision reading glasses that can help you see up close.

Clarity Eyecare can help you evaluate your options. Book an eye exam with Dr. Jenny Chan today! We are located at the Lake Falls Village shopping center in Baltimore’s Mount Washington neighborhood. We serve all surrounding areas as well, including Roland Park, Towson, and Hampden.

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