Presbyopia is not a visual defect but a natural evolution of our vision. No one is born with presbyopia but we all develop it. It affects both women and men from the early 40’s onwards.

Presbyopia causes:
a less flexible lens

From 40 onwards, the lens loses some of its elasticity and its ability to accommodate. It is no longer able to ensure adjusting focus to see things close-up.


Presbyopia symptoms:
‘short-arm’ syndrome

People notice presbyopia when they begin to have problems reading a book or emails on a smartphone and need to stretch their arms out. When the first symptoms appear, it’s necessary to consult a vision specialist for proper diagnosis and to ensure that there are no other vision disorders.

Woman using digital tablet at table outdoors

Presbyopia treatment:
a range of solutions

Although the optimal solution to correct presbyopia is progressive lenses, there are several potential:

Simple reading glasses
Simple reading glasses only correct near vision To see things far away, you need to remove your glasses or look over them,

mid-distance lenses
Mid-distance lenses enable you to see clearly close-up with a wider field of vision. With this type of lens, it’s possible to read the newspaper while being able to see clearly people nearby or work in an office environment using digital tools,

progressive lenses
Progressive lenses are the optimal solution because they bring the wearer a more natural vision. The upper part of the lens enables distance viewing, the central portion middle distances and the lower part seeing up close. The progressive lens restores clear vision at all distances without the need to constantly change glasses. Essilor is the inventor of the Varilux® progressive lens.



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