Your Vision Age 40 and Beyond – Dr. Marc Robinson
Your arms are not shrinking.
If you’re a person in your 40s or 50s and you haven’t needed prescription glasses in the past, you may find yourself holding things further back to read. You also may experience a pulling sensation or trouble sustaining clarity or comfort while working. These symptoms are completely natural and expected. This process occurs to virtually everyone; fortunately, a clear comfortable vision is still attainable when corrected properly.
Presbyopia is the eye’s natural ability to sustain its focusing power. This condition typically affects patients over the age of 40 and is initially most symptomatic in individuals who are farsighted, meaning typically their eyes are already “tuned” to see better in the distance than up close.
Many adapting to the WFH (work from home) environment facing this challenge assume it’s just due to the brightness of their devices causing this issue; however, it’s more complicated than that. Our new and increased visual demands are making the underlying condition more apparent. Before we were all tied to our computer screens, we’d focus a few feet further away to speak to someone; they would be physically further away, this is a lower focusing demand on our eyes. Now that we are speaking directly into the computer (via Zoom) our focusing distance is much shorter than before. The shorter this distance is the more symptomatic we are.
In our practice, we help a multitude of professionals who do this type of work. Although we can’t reverse the aging clock, we can make sure your vision is extremely comfortable and clear for work, computer use, reading, and whatever new visual demands technology throws at us throughout life.
Please contact our office if you’d like to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Marc Robinson