Skip to main content
Home » What's New » All About Presbyopia

All About Presbyopia

Visit your Clarksville, IN Optometrist to Learn More About Treatment Options

Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which close range vision becomes noticeably impaired. With the growing worldwide population reaching older ages, a larger number of people are developing the condition, which currently cannot be avoided.

Many believe that presbyopia is caused because the human eye will often thicken around age forty, making it harder for the eyes to focus in on an object, particularly something nearby. Those with presbyopia usually manage with near visual impairment by holding the paper away from their eyes or standing back from the object they are looking at. Transitions from looking at far off things to closer ones are often straining for people with presbyopia. This stress can worsen the situation by causing headaches, eye strain or fatigue.

The most popular corrections for presbyopia are bifocal lenses or progressives (PALs). A bifocal lens has two prescriptions for vision, one is for seeing objects from a distance and the other part of the lens is for focusing on objects nearby. Progressive addition lenses are similar to bifocal lenses, but they provide a more subtle transition between the two prescriptions and have no visible line between them. Users can more easily shift visual focus, as they might if they had uninhibited sight. A third option is reading glasses which, unlike bifocals or PALs which are worn all day, are used only when needed.

If contacts are preferred over glasses, there are other alternatives such as multifocal contact lenses. Multifocals aren't suitable for everyone and can sometimes be uncomfortable, so it may take a few tries to determine if and in what combination they work for you.

There are also surgical options that could be considered that you may want to discuss with your eye doctor. A lot of patients are most successful using a combination of options for presbyopia. Additionally, because your eyesight will likely worsen as you age, it is likely that you will need to keep adjusting your correction. The positive news is, there is a significant amount of experimental treatment on the market currently to discover other and perhaps more permanent solutions for the growing number of people dealing with presbyopia.

Noticing signs of presbyopia? Schedule a check up with your Clarksville, IN optometrist. A return to normal vision is only a call away!


Our office will be opening on Monday, May 18th. We will be following all CDC guidelines as well as those recommended by our National and State Organizations including the KOA and AOA as well as the Governor of Kentucky. We will be adding to our protocol to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Due to the recommendations, we are following, all patients will need to call from the parking lot when they arrive. We will ask you if you are running a fever, or have symptoms of COVID-19. We may even take your temperature to keep for our records. We will ask that you remain in your car until we notify you to come to our office.

All patients entering the building must wear a mask or face covering.

We ask for your patience over the next few months as we work to get our patients rescheduled that had to be canceled during the closure. We will not be working at full capacity for some time and realize this will most likely cause delays in getting people rescheduled. We will also not be taking walk-in patients and ask that you please call if you need to be seen to set up an appointment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to take care of our patients during these difficult times.

You now can order contacts from the convenience of your home on our website by clicking here.
If you do not know your current prescription, please email us at or call us at 859-271-6194.
If you have insurance you would like to use, you will need to call us and we will be happy to place the order for you and submit it to your insurance.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all soon,

Dr. Jason Glenn and Staff