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The Optical Co.
The Optical Co.


Presbyopia is an age-related long-sightedness, which affects your ability to see objects close up. It occurs when the lens loses its flexibility.

It is the lens’ flexibility that allows you to focus on objects at different distances, but with presbyopia focusing becomes more difficult.

Along with Myopia, Hypermetropia, and Astigmatism, Presbyopia is part of a group of eye-conditions defined as ‘refractive errors’ – the shape of the eye causes light to incorrectly focus on the retina.


  • Blurred vision, particularly on objects that are close up

  • Poor vision in low light conditions, or when you are tired

  • Having to hold things like a reading book further away to see it clearly

  • Headaches

  • Eyestrain



As presbyopia is a condition relating to the lens rather than the cornea, laser eye treatment is not usually effective - it is normally treated by wearing corrective lenses, such as contact lenses or glasses. In cases where patients struggle with corrective lenses, they may be offered surgery to implant an artificial lens.


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