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PresbyopiaPresbyopia is a common age-related condition. Typically, around middle age, the eye’s natural lens has increasing difficulty focusing on intermediate and near objects. Because light fails to reach a single point on the retina when viewing objects up close and instead focuses to a point behind the retina, your vision gradually becomes cloudier or fuzzier, making it difficult to read things up close, such as newspapers, books, and computer screens.


  • Loss of ability to read up close
  • Difficulty viewing a computer screen, a phone, or tablet
  • Needing reading glasses or bifocals
  • Holding objects further away to read

Because both presbyopia and cataracts are conditions are caused by the aging process, the majority of those with cataracts also have presbyopia. These conditions can be treated at the same time with refractive surgery.

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