Near Vision Decline (Presbyopia)

When we are in our 20s, our natural lens is clear and elastic. It is able to change its shape to focus on objects at different distances, much like a camera lens. However, as we reach our 40s and 50s, we begin to lose our ability to focus up close without reading glasses. This gradual loss of near vision is called presbyopia, and it is due to changes in the natural lens of our eye.

Presbyopia is a condition that progressively worsens. At first, we generally start requiring reading glasses in low light conditions only, but over time this shifts to requiring reading glasses at all times. With further passage of time, the lens of our eye starts to cloud and form a cataract, which causes vision loss uncorrectable by glasses and contacts.

What Causes Presbyopia

Presbyopia is caused by natural ageing processes in our eye, and is a condition that everyone will experience with age. Even if you are near-sighted normally, you will still notice the near-vision loss when wearing contacts or glasses to correct your eyes to see well at distance.


Presbyopia can be corrected by a Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) procedure at Price Vision Group. While years ago it made sense to wait until a cataract formed to have surgery, recent advancements in technology have now made it worthwhile to consider having your lens replaced to fix presbyopia. Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) lens implants give patients the option to no longer require glasses or contacts by restoring the ability of our eye to have extended depth of focus!

Find out if you are a candidate, schedule a screening with us today.