Presbyopia is a vision problem that equally affects us all. A way to prevent it, however, has yet to be discovered.
Near-sightedness can help to prevent it, however. Not because those who are near-signed do not lose the ability to focus or are not affected by presbyopia, but because the degree of a person’s near-sightedness, depending on how severe it is, can partially or entirely compensate for the difficulties of seeing close-up that often come with age.
This is how ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Clara Londoño explains the aging eye condition, presbyopia, a physiological process that can affect anyone over the age of 40. This condition can appear along with other potential refractive errors such as farsightedness or most commonly, near-sightedness. Dr. Londoño explains that when presbyopia occurs simultaneously with near-sightedness, the symptoms associated with presbyopia become camouflaged. Until the problem is corrected with glasses or contacts, the more near-sighted you are, the easier it is to see things up close, which is the same symptom of presbyopia. This is why it is common for someone who is near-sighted to take off their glasses to read texts up-close.
On the other hand, the blurry vision of objects in the distance that is a part of near-sightedness is not affected by presbyopia. Surgery for near-sightedness is therefore an option to consider for those who are at the right age to suffer from presbyopia, while keeping in mind that the symptoms of presbyopia may later appear.