What is presbyopia?

Experiencing ‘long-arm syndrome’? It could be presbyopia. If it is, let’s help you read clearly

Find yourself ‘long-arming’ when you’re scrolling Facebook or reading the menu? Chances are you’ve got presbyopia. But don’t panic – presbyopia is just a natural part of ageing and something that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Thankfully, it can be easily managed – it’s just a case of finding what works best for you.

Signs of presbyopia

It’s pretty easy to recognise the signs of presbyopia. If you’ve got it, things may get blurry at normal reading distance and you’ll find yourself stretching your arm out to read things like text messages or the Sunday paper. You may also get eye strain or headaches, but remember, it’s totally natural and nothing to worry about.

What causes presbyopia?

The flexible lens at the front of your eye allows you to see clearly both up close and far away. As you hit your 40s, this lens naturally starts to lose its flexibility, which affects your ability to focus – frustrating!

Solutions for Presbyopia

There’s no way to stop or reverse presbyopia – that’s the bad news. The good news is that you can help correct it