Understanding Presbyopia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Understanding Presbyopia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Presbyopia develops in almost everyone after the age of 40. Even if you feel so young, between 40 and 50 – presbyopia cannot be prevented with sport and a healthy diet. Most people need glasses to read comfortably or work on the computer from a certain age. Nonetheless, no one has to feel old just because they suddenly need visual aids. The varifocal glasses do everything and are the ideal companions for the active 40-plus generation.

With varifocal glasses against presbyopia

  • Presbyopia sets in after the age of 40.
  • The ideal solution for long-sighted people is varifocal glasses, which enable sharp vision in the near and far range.
  • Modern progressive lenses are comfortable to wear, fit into fashionable frames and are not that expensive.
  • Sunglasses and sports glasses can also be equipped with progressive lenses.

The bad news is that, at some point, presbyopia will affect everyone. 

The good news is that nobody has to put up with it. With varifocals, even far-sighted people can read, watch TV, work or do sports without any problems and in a relaxed manner. Modern varifocal glasses are like wellness for the eyes: They improve the ability to see and, at the same time, set fashionable accents – and thus ensure that the wearer feels excellent and young in two ways. Varifocal glasses are ideal companions even for sporting activities or on vacation, as they also shine as sports glasses and sunglasses.


The truth about varifocals

Many presbyopia patients still need help from an optician. This is mainly due to a need for more information. The varifocals are tailor-made high-end products for an active lifestyle – i.e., for work, sport, and leisure.

Kerstin Kruschinski from the Board of Trustees for Good Vision explains the prejudices that exist and why they are completely unfounded:

Myth 1: I have to get used to varifocal lenses with difficulty because they are intolerable at first.

Kruschinski: Spontaneous adjustment difficulties only rarely occur. And even against that, there are already the correct glasses: They offer more sharpness in the transition zones between near and far vision. This improves not only three-dimensional vision, i.e., spatial vision, but also the spontaneous tolerance of the glasses, which is significantly higher. This usually eliminates the familiarization phase, even for varifocal newcomers. Some manufacturers even give a compatibility guarantee on their glasses.

Misconception 2: Varifocals limit the field of vision too much. I can’t see clearly when cycling or jogging.

Kruschinski:  With modern varifocal lenses, the lens’s focus range is extended downwards. The lateral edges of the field of vision, where slight distortions and blurring used to be the norm due to the design, are now so narrow that they are no longer a problem.

Myth 3: Varifocals are far too expensive.

Kruschinski:  There is a wide range of progressive lenses to choose from. Each manufacturer offers a wide range of glasses for different needs and budgets. In the meantime, even entry-level glasses are of high quality. Presbyopes between the ages of 40 and 50 often only need a slight correction of their presbyopia.

Myth 4: There are too few modern frames for progressive lenses.

Kruschinski: Varifocal lenses must have a specific minimum size, so smaller or very flat frames were out of the question for varifocal wearers. Fitting varifocal lenses into smaller, up-to-date, modern frames is no longer a problem.

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