Presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pea-uh) is a type of refractive error. It is the slow loss of your eyes’ ability to focus objects up close. Presbyopia is a common condition that occurs with age, and usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s and continues to worsen until around age 65. You may become aware of presbyopia when you need to start holding reading material- such as your smartphone, book, or menu- out at further away to be able to read them.
An ophthalmologist (an eye doctor with a medical degree: MD or DO) or an optometrist (an eye doctor with an OD degree) will conduct an eye examination to find out if you have presbyopia.
A range of treatments are available. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist will work with you to identify the right treatment. This may include a pair of reader glasses, prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, a prescription eye drop, or other treatments to help you see clearly.