Presbyopia is an eye condition in which the crystalline lens of the eye loses its flexibility with age, making it difficult to focus on close objects. This usually occurs around the age of forty five. It may appear to happen suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility is very gradual. In addition, the lens actually grows in size therefore becoming less elastic and adding to the difficulty in focussing. Presbyopia is a natural part of the ageing process of the eye. Symptoms of presbyopia include the tendency to start holding books or newspapers at arm’s length in order to read more clearly, and eye strain and headaches after periods of close work. Conversely, myopic patients start to take their glasses off when reading.
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