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What are the symptoms of presbyopia?

The primary symptom of presbyopia is blurriness in nearby objects. People with presbyopia may thus notice that they need to hold printed words further away from their face in order to see them clearly. Presbyopia can also strain the eyes and cause headaches.

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
Presbyopia -- coined from the Greek words for "old sight" -- is a loss in the eye's focusing ability that may start as early as the late 30s, but typically develops in the 40s and 50s, eventually affecting everyone.

Blurred close vision that leaves eyes tired and strained is an early hint of presbyopia's arrival. After reading or doing other detail work, you may find it hard to see distant objects clearly; the problem may be more pronounced after reading in poor light, or in the evening when you are tired. The condition occurs regardless of whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic. However, presbyopia often affects farsighted people at a younger age than those who are myopic (nearsighted). If you're nearsighted, you may be able to overcome presbyopia when it first develops simply by taking off your glasses to read. Eventually, however, as your presbyopia worsens and the lens of your eye becomes stiffer, you may need new corrective lenses or other measures to cope with this common condition.

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