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Cataract - What is presbyopia?

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Presbyopia is a health condition where the eye exhibits a progressively diminished ability to focus on near objects with age.  Like gray hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is a symptom caused by the natural course of aging. The first symptoms (described below) are usually first noticed between the ages of 40-50. The ability to focus on near objects declines throughout life.

The first symptoms most people notice are difficulty reading fine print, particularly in low light conditions, eyestrain, when reading for long periods, blur at near or momentarily blurred vision when transitioning between viewing distances. Many extreme presbyopes complain that their arms have become "too short" to hold reading material at a comfortable distance.

Presbyopia, like other focus defects, becomes much less noticeable in bright sunlight.

A delayed onset of seeking correction for presbyopia has been found among those with certain professions. In particular, farmers and homemakers seek correction later, whereas service workers and construction workers seek eyesight correction earlier.