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What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is long-sightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age. The lens in your eye is soft and flexible allowing you to focus on objects that are both close up and far away. As you age, the lens in your eye becomes more rigid, meaning focusing on objects at close range because difficult, this change is called presbyopia.

Since nearly everyone develops presbyopia; if a person has farsightedness (hyperopia) or astigmatism, the conditions will combine and people with nearsightedness obviously have fewer problems with presbyopia as they are already nearsighted. Usually, reading glasses are prescribed, but at Space we specialise in a procedure called Raindrop, which we have written about here. If you think you are developing presbyopia, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if we can help!

 

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