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Presbyopia and Getting Older

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Many adults eventually begin to notice signs of presbyopia or a diminished ability to see things at a close range, as they age. As people around the world are reaching older ages a larger number of people develop the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

Your eye's lenses bend when focusing on objects at varying distances. Some theories are that with age, that elasticity gets diminished because the lenses get thicker. This phenomenon is known as presbyopia and is often first noticed by an increased difficulty reading or seeing things right in front of you. This often can start to happen any time after the age of 40. Sufferers often cope with near vision impairment by holding a newspaper far away or standing away from the object they want to focus on. Transitions from focusing on far away things to nearer ones can often be tiring for those with presbyopia. The tension can worsen the situation resulting in headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

Most of the time bifocals or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are used to correct presbyopia. A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, one is for distance vision and the other part of the lens is for focusing on things nearby. PALs work similarly to bifocals, however they provide a more gradual transition between the separate prescriptions. Wearers will more easily shift their focus, as they would if they had normal vision. A third option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn continually, are used only when needed.

Presbyopes can also use multifocal contact lenses or monovision lens correction (when one eye is prescribed a distance vision and the other near vision) to improve the vision impairment. It may take a while to decide upon the best method and type of contact lenses due to the fact that different lenses can cause discomfort or blurriness.

In addition, there are surgical options that could be considered that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. Many patients are most successful combining options for presbyopia. Additionally, because your eyesight will likely worsen with age, it is likely that you will need to continually adjust the strength of your correction. The good news is, there continues to be a significant amount of research being done to identify additional and perhaps more permanent treatments for presbyopia.

If you are starting to notice signs of presbyopia, book a check up with your Costa Mesa, CA eye doctor. Improved eyesight can be yours!


COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website, Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!


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