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Age-Related Long-Sightedness

Presbyopi (Latin name)

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

With all people, the ability to focus deteriorates with age and thereby the ability to see things close up clearly. It is called presbyopia or age-related long-sightedness.

Therefore, most people need reading glasses when they reach 45-50 years. Even though you previously have had corrective laser surgery of long-sightedness, short-sightedness or astigmatism, you will still experience the need for reading glasses, as you get older.

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What can you do?

If you have trouble reading or seeing things clearly close up – and are around 45 to 50 years old – you can contact an optician. You can also buy a plus lens and use it in those situations, where you have difficulty seeing clearly.

What can your optician do

Examine your need for glasses or contact lenses. Contacts lenses are available with gradual transition and some can make do with a single contact lens in one eye.

Contact the doctor tomorrow

Refer you to an optician or an ophthalmologist.

Contact the doctor immediately

Evaluate your need for glasses/contact lenses and inform you about the possibility of operation. It is possible to treat age-related long-sightedness with surgery, despite the fact that you have had corrective laser surgery. Whether it is possible depends on whether the cornea has the right thickness. It is possible to change the lens of the eye with an artificial lens that has gradual transition.