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If You Have to Hold This Article at Arm’s Length, You Should Read This

2/8/2017, 2:46 p.m. | Updated on 2/8/2017, 2:46 p.m.
As the author Oscar Wilde said, “With age comes wisdom.” For a lot of us, though, age also means we ...

If You Have to Hold This Article at Arm’s Length, You Should Read This

(NewsUSA) -As the author Oscar

Wilde said, “With age comes wisdom.”

For a lot of us, though, age also means

we have difficulty seeing things up close,

including this article. It happens to

almost everyone -- you may find yourself

holding things farther away to see them

clearly, or realize you’re struggling to

read small print. In either case, your eyes

probably don’t see as well as they used to.

Here’s what doctors know: as you

age, the lens in your eye gets less flexible

so that by your mid-40s, you’re likely

holding anything you’re trying to read at

arm’s length. If this sounds familiar, you

may be among the one billion people who

have presbyopia, an age-related condition

that makes it difficult to see things up

close.

“It’s important for people to

understand that what happens to our

eyes between 40 and 50 years old is

completely normal,” says Dr. Howard

Purcell, senior vice president of customer

development at Essilor of America, the

creators of Varilux lenses, a leading

progressive lens solution. “The best way

to know if you have developed presbyopia

is to visit your eye doctor to get a

comprehensive eye exam.”

Aging is a part of life, and while diet,

exercise, and other habitual changes

can help, presbyopia is natural and

may be inevitable -- even for those who

have always had perfect vision. “For

more information about presbyopia

and progressive lenses, schedule an

appointment with your eye doctor and

visit www.varilux.com.