When you look at something close up, the lens inside your eye changes shape, keeping the light focused in your eye.

As you get older, the lens naturally stiffens and so it changes shape less easily; this is called presbyopia.

This means that you are less able to focus on things that are close to you. It may also mean that it takes longer to focus from looking at something close up to looking at something far away.

Presbyopia gradually worsens as you get older. Initially it affects your vision for very close tasks e.g. threading a needle or close reading. Your vision of things that are further away e.g. a computer screen, tend to be affected later when your lens has lost almost all of its elasticity.

Various options exist to treat presbyopia. These include:

  • Reading glasses
  • Bifocal or Varifocal glasses
  • Multifocal or monovision contact lenses.

Your optometrist will be able to recommend the best options for you based on your eyes and lifestyle.