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Vision Perfection - Early signs of Presbyopia

Updated on October 18, 2016
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

My moment of desperation started when I was in one of my favorite places on earth-Chapters/Indigo trying to stretch the book I was holding to as far as I can. Then I have to squint my eyes and again put the book a bit farther, so I could clearly see the prints.

I must admit, I was on denial that I am already experiencing “short arms syndrome” called, “Presbyopia” for quite a while now. I thought, maybe my arms just shrunk, which is a ridiculous abjuration of that fact that I am now in my 40’s. They say no one over 40 escapes this annoying vision problem. It is the normal-age-related loss of near focusing ability and again, it comes with age like graying of hair and the uncontrollable appearance of wrinkles (sadly) and truly, what’s with the age?

Mine started with eyestrain that feels like the great boxer Manny Pacquiao punched my eyes. Then slowly comes the difficulty seeing in dim light and difficulty focusing on small objects or reading small prints. It was then getting harder for me to focus on near objects. I would also get some headaches and fatigue.

So, when I finally have reached the point of completely not being able to read up close without stretching my arms to the limit and realizing how my friend would lovingly tease me, “do you want me to hold it farther for you?” I went to see an eye-doctor. Here comes the verdict of me needing a pair of reading glasses. This may be nothing more than the natural aging process at work; however, it might also be signal of a more serious eye problem if not treated in time.

Thankfully there’s nothing serious with my eyes and the problem only requires vision correction solution plus a regular eye exams to make sure that my prescription is up to date. Apparently, it changes over time.

And the world seems brighter with my new pair of glasses.
And the world seems brighter with my new pair of glasses. | Source


Presbyopia is a minor concern but nevertheless, it has to be solved or you will not be able to enjoy reading HubPages! To recap, the signs and symptoms of presbyopia are:

  • Blurry vision at a normal reading distance and eyestrain.
  • The need to stretch your arms or the so-called short arms syndrome when reading.
  • Headaches or fatigue from doing close works.

Quick recommendation especially if you are already in your 40’s or near is obviously, go see an eye-doctor and do not ignore the signs and symptoms. There’s no use denying and delaying it. There are many procedures now available to treat this quite annoying eye problem.

And as the Japanese saying goes: “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” - So, act before you have a nightmare! Happy reading!

Reading glasses come in two main styles: full frames, in which the entire lens is made in the reading prescription, and half-eyes, the smaller style glasses that sits lower down on the nose. As I don’t have that much-pointed nose, I got myself a full frame lens. Eye problem solved but I am yet to get myself use to putting it on and off, and on and off.

I guess it doesn’t matter for now. I am happy and I am back to Chapters/Indigo with a cup of Starbucks medium latte on the other hand while I sit and read!

Facebooking with my new pair of glasses~
Facebooking with my new pair of glasses~ | Source

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    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you dear reader. I'm glad you found my Hub informative. Take care.

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      9 years ago

      Love this one,..I have been suffering from said eye problem, I guess it is really part of aging, and I found ur page informative. Thanks

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Shrinking arms? That was hilarious! Glad you got your new pair of eyeglasses. I still have to get a new pair for myself. With my present one, my legs are not shrinking but it feels like I am not touching the ground. :)


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