What age can I expect to need reading glasses?

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Age-related long sight, getting old, poor lighting; there are many ways people describe and deal with the loss in vision quality they experience as they get older.

But if you want to get technical, the accurate medical term is presbyopia — literally meaning ‘ageing eye’. It describes the loss in elasticity of the lens of the eye that results in the inability to read small print and focus on objects up close.

Along with a decline in memory, a bad back, and finding yourself watching more game shows, presbyopia is not a disease but simply a part of the natural process of ageing.

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Let’s face it, who really wants to acknowledge they’re getting older? Those few grey hairs are going to turn into a patch, those wrinkles are going to become trenches, and that deteriorating vision is only going get worse.

But you’re still here, and so you’ve already taken the largest and most difficult step to prolonging your health and vitality: accepting it’s going to happen.

The majority of people live in denial about getting older, ignoring the little niggles and problems and hoping they’ll go away on their own (they could get lucky, right?). The irony is that the belief they can’t do anything about them, and the stress that comes with it, only accelerates the ageing process further.

The wise and health savvy know that a gradual decline in ability and functions are a fact of life. Therefore they don’t stress about them or try and act like they don’t exist; they can take immediate action to manage them and enjoy what they have.

These are the people who are still dating in their 70s, who live long enough to meet their great-grandchildren, and who are cognitively sharp and active when all their friends are in nursing homes.

A cornerstone for living sort of life in your later years is clear and high-quality vision. It used to be something that was largely out of our control, dictated by genetics and the sort of lives we lived. But today, thanks to the latest developments in Laser Eye Surgery, everyone has the potential to sustain for great vision long after the arrival of presbyopia.

The question is, when will you experience presbyopia?

Presbyopia typically arises in the early to mid-40s, manifesting as a difficulty seeing objects in your near field of vision. At first, you may notice you get headaches when working at a computer, or need to hold the newspaper further away, or that you struggle to read a menu or book in dim lighting.

Although the exact age it starts varies, and not everyone will experience the same symptoms at the same time, it’s pretty safe to say you’ll start to experience presbyopia before you’re 45. And once you do, the effects will only progress over time.

One factor that can influence the onset of presbyopia is your vision health. For instance, if you already have a long sighted refractive error, have a job that requires a lot of close-up work, or have been exposed to a lot of UV rays, you may experience presbyopia sooner. On the other hand, if you’ve always had perfect vision and cared for your eyes well, it may not appear until later.

But no matter what age it starts, there’s only one optimal solution to stamping out presbyopia and retaining your youthful vision: Laser Blended Vision. Over the past five years, this revolutionary technique has freed thousands of people from the limiting effects of presbyopia and the frustrations of traditional solutions like reading glasses.

Read more about Laser Blended Vision for presbyopia.

If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic or find out more about our treatment options, leave us a comment below or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

What age can I expect to need reading glasses?

4 Comments
  1. lucy 19/05/2017 at 21:10

    I only have one eye and my eyesight is going now I have reached the ripe old age of 44 – is there anything that could be done for my vision using laser surgery please? I had my right eye lasered years ago and was thrilled with the results.

    • Bethany Kingsley 30/05/2017 at 07:01

      Hi Lucy, we would need to go through a few questions with you, but it is unlikely that laser eye surgery would be suitable for your situation. Please contact the clinic on 020 7224 1005 if you would like more information.
      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  2. Brenda Mepham 20/11/2017 at 19:37

    I had my eyes “done” around seven years ago at the London Vision Clinic by Dr Dan. My eyesight is spot on!

    Thank you Dr Dan x

    • Bethany Kingsley 22/11/2017 at 09:50

      Hi Brenda – We hope you are well!
      All the best, London Vision Clinic

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