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If You Hate Reading Glasses, Here Are Other Options

May 28, 2020

From the nextavenue website

It can be the bane of existence for those at midlife: the need to have reading glasses at the ready, particularly in darkened conditions like a dimly lit restaurant with a menu that lists dishes in type too small to decipher.

“Usually at around (age) 43 to 45, patients start noticing that they need to hold things farther out and they need more light,” says Dr. Daniel Durrie, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and founder of Durrie Vision in Overland Park, Kan.

At the heart of this universal condition, known as presbyopia, is the lens in the eye. Our lenses naturally stiffen as we age, making it more difficult for them to change shape to focus on things close up. The stiffening is caused by “disulfide bonds” building up in the lens.

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