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Aging and Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

Visit your Calgary, AB Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options

Presbyopia is a visual impairment related to aging in which objects at a close range, such as newspapers, books or sewing, become blurred. As people worldwide are reaching older ages, more and more people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

The lenses of your eye bend when focusing on objects at differing distances. Some theories are that with age, that flexibility diminishes because the natural lenses harden. This phenomenon is known as presbyopia and is often noticed by blurred vision when focusing on things right before your eyes. This usually can start to take place any time after the age of forty. Those with the condition often cope with near visual impairment by holding a newspaper far away or standing away from the object they want to focus on. Shifting from looking at distant objects to closer ones is often straining for those with presbyopia. This tension can worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most commonly bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to correct this problem. A bifocal lens is separated into two prescriptions for vision, the upper portion is for viewing things from a distance and a second, lower portion for seeing things nearby. Progressive lenses use the same principal as bifocals, however they offer a more gradual gradient between the separate prescriptions. Users will more easily shift focus, as they would if they had standard sight. Another option is reading glasses which are usually worn just when needed as opposed to all day.

If contact lenses are preferred over eyeglasses, there are other options such as multifocal contact lenses. It may take a couple of attempts to decide upon the best method and type of contact lenses due to the fact that different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

There are also options for other procedures including surgery available that should be talked over with your eye doctor. A lot of people find the most success by using a combination of options for presbyopia. Also, since your vision will likely get worse with age, you will probably be required to continually adjust your correction. With the population growing older, there continues to be a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover other effective treatments for presbyopia.

Seeing signs of presbyopia? Schedule a check up with your Calgary, AB eye doctor. Better eyesight can be yours!

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan