Presbyopia Specialist

University Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologist located in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

If you've noticed that lately, you have to hold your book, tablet, or phone at arm's length to see it clearly, it's likely because of presbyopia. This decrease in near vision focus is a common part of aging, and it usually starts at around age 40. Fortunately, there are effective presbyopia solutions available at University Ophthalmology in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Presbyopia Q & A

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a condition in which your near vision becomes less focused. It usually starts at around age 40, and this condition doesn't discriminate. Whether you've always needed vision correction or you've had great vision your whole life, presbyopia still happens to everyone.

What causes presbyopia?

Presbyopia occurs when your eye lenses grow more rigid over time. This makes it harder for your eyes to make the adjustments needed for focusing. The reasons behind the lens becoming less flexible aren't certain, but it's normal for your eye lenses to steadily stiffen until about age 65, at which point your they have virtually no flexibility left.

What are the symptoms of presbyopia?

Presbyopia symptoms commonly include:

  • Squinting to read
  • Holding reading materials farther away
  • Needing brighter light to read
  • Eye strain
  • Headache

If you already wear glasses or contacts for nearsightedness or farsightedness, you won't likely experience a change in other aspects of your vision. The main change you'll notice is that your arms suddenly seem too short when you're trying to view anything at a close distance. 

What options address presbyopia?

There are a few different options for correcting presbyopia, including: 

Reading glasses

Reading glasses are often a good choice for presbyopia sufferers who don't need vision correction otherwise. With this option, you simply wear your reading glasses when you're doing any close-up reading or tasks. Some contact lens wearers also wear reading glasses (without removing contacts) for near vision tasks.


Bifocals are glasses or contacts that contain two prescriptions, one for your near vision and the other for your distance vision. 

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal glasses or contacts have multiple prescriptions, usually one for close vision, one for distance vision, and one for intermediate vision. The prescriptions are in different zones of the lens, with a gradual transition between zones. Multifocal contact lenses typically have concentric circles, and you adjust to looking in the right area for your needs at any given time. 


If you need contact lenses for vision correction already, and then develop presbyopia, you might consider monovision. With monovision, you wear a different prescription for each eye. In one eye, you wear a presbyopia prescription, and in the other, you have your regular prescription. 

Your University Ophthalmology physician helps you find the most comfortable and convenient presbyopia solution.

Use the online appointment maker or call University Ophthalmology to correct your presbyopia now.