When we get to our 40’s, our natural lenses lose their flexibility resulting in difficulty reading small print at a short distance. This loss of flexibility is called Presbyopia, and is characterized by the inability to read any small print at your normal reading distance. We effectively become farsighted as we get older. The vision tends to get better when you hold the reading material further away from you. Presbyopia is a natural process that affects everyone, even though Myopes (nearsighted people) tend to be at an advantage when it comes to this as they just need to take off their spectacles to read, depending on the degree of their Myopia.

The next article will delve deeper into how existing vision conditions can affect Presbyopia and what solutions are available.