Upper West Side, New York
167 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-1410

What Is Presbyopia & What Glasses Treat It? February 13, 2020

Upper West Side, Manhattan
What Is Presbyopia & What Glasses Treat It?, Manhattan, New York

If you have a hard time reading small print, you might be wondering what the issue is and how you can correct it. Fortunately, age-related vision changes are common and easy to treat with glasses and contacts. Here’s more information about a widespread condition that causes farsightedness and what to do about it. 

What Causes Presbyopia?

Typically related to age, this condition occurs when the lens inside the eye thickens and loses flexibility, making it difficult to focus on nearby objects. Symptoms of presbyopia include difficulty reading fine print, eye fatigue, squinting, or having to hold materials at arm’s length to read them. 

Presbyopia typically affects people starting at age 40, but can continue to worsen as the lens loses flexibility. This is different from farsightedness, which occurs because of shape changes to the eyeball. If you are anemic, diabetic, or have cardiovascular disease, you are at an increased risk of developing presbyopia. Eye trauma, myasthenia gravis, and multiple sclerosis also increase your risk of developing this condition. 

How Is It Treated? 

glassesBefore any treatment path is chosen, your eye doctor will conduct an eye exam to determine the health of your eyes. Your personal preferences and daily routine will also be taken into consideration to ensure the solution is comfortable and effective.

Presbyopia can be treated with eyeglasses and contact lenses. Progressive lenses are a popular choice, since these line-free, multifocal options give people the ability to see far away and up close. Bifocal contacts are also available.


If you have been experiencing vision issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Cohen's Fashion Optical in New York City’s Upper West Side. With convenient evening and weekend hours, onsite optometrists, and a wide selection of glasses and contacts, this trusted eye center is a one-stop shop for all vision needs. Visit their website to browse their selection of products, or call (212) 769-1410 to schedule an eye exam.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Cohen's Fashion Optical
Why Your Prescription for Glasses Is No Longer Valid, Manhattan, New York
If you purchase prescription glasses to resolve vision problems, it’s important to know that they aren’t a permanent solution. Your eyes will continue to change, and eventually,...read more
3 Ways to Maintain Your Eyeglasses, Manhattan, New York
If you’ve recently purchased your first pair of eyeglasses, it’s important to understand how to care for them. Glasses are long-term investments, and scratches can int...read more
4 FAQ About Reading an Eyeglass Prescription, Manhattan, New York
Your prescription for eyeglasses says a lot about you. That series of letters and numbers can instantly tell a professional the type of vision problems you experience. Here...read more
3 Ways to Help Your Child Love Their Glasses, Manhattan, New York
If your child has faced issues such as squinting or trouble reading the board at school, you may have taken them to the optometrist to get them glasses. With an eye exam and cor...read more