Presbyopia is a normal aging condition where the eye is no longer able to focus at close range.
Presbyopia is caused by the loss of flexibility of the eye’s lens, which means the eye is no longer able to restore a clear image on its own. This loss of flexibility is due to aging. For those who experience presbyopia, pre-existing visual defects such as myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism do not delay or accelerate the onset or development of presbyopia.
Symptoms of presbyopia include difficulty seeing objects up close, such as difficulty reading a book.
Presbyopia is diagnosed with a comprehensive eye exam, including a refraction assessment and an eye health exam.
Presbyopia is corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
Francophone Africa is frequently overlooked by international development stakeholders when it comes to restoring sight and providing quality eye care. The Organization for the Prevention of Blindness (OPC) works with local governments, civil society organizations and communities to fight blindness, restore vision, encourage local ownership of eye health care systems and ensure human right to sight.