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Middle-age long-sightedness (presbyopia)

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Presbyopia, or long-sightedness that begins in middle age, makes it hard to focus on things that are up close. It is not a disease but a normal part of getting older. It affects everyone, even people who have never had any eyesight problems before.

Presbyopia usually affects people who are 40 or older. It is different from hyperopia, another form of long-sightedness, which makes it difficult for younger people to focus on things up close. This happens because their eyeball is shorter than normal or the front surface of their eye (the cornea) is too flat.

Written by Canterbury optometrists.Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Ophthalmology, Canterbury DHB. Page created April 2015.


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