Why Aren’t My Arms Long Enough? The Frustration Of Presbyopia
- Posted on: Mar 22 2019
About a year ago, a great article was published on wired.com about the deep frustrations that come after the age of 40 when people end up feeling forced to have to buy reading glasses.
Seems like just another sign of “aging” or life passing right?
Well it isn’t for many who get there.
The medical term for losing your near vision is Presbyopia, and for some this could be the FIRST real sign of getting older.
After all, our population is so advanced now with so many other ways of keeping yourself ‘young’ right?
Let’s see if you follow me. You could be an athlete, a runner, do pilates, yoga, crossfit, have a six pack of abs so your body seems like it’s way under 40. You could be in the BEST shape of your life. You could dye your hair so no grays show, get a few injections to help “turn back the time” in your face to prevent the wrinkles and drooping, and certainly rely on countless skin regimens or skin procedures (from microdermabrasion to a face lift) from your dermatologist to make your skin look vibrant and radiant. An oculoplastic surgeon can even help make your eyelids stop drooping.
There are supplements that claim to help build collagen in not just physical injuries but creams that help make your pores and skin look supple and at its very best.
And then BAM!
You realize one day that your phone isn’t bright enough. And the letters in the text messages aren’t large enough. No problem right? You just fix that in your settings…until guess what…THERE IS A LIMIT and the letters do not get any bigger.
Or we have all seen that person at a restaurant, holding the menu out across the table almost hitting the person on the other side of the booth…as they wonder “why aren’t my arms long enough anymore?”
No more texting, no more social media, no more screen time – it’s really time to see an eye doctor.
When that doctor says “you have presbyopia” you are wondering: “WHAT CAN YOU DO!??!! Everything else has been fixed doctor! How can you make my eyeballs young again?”
In a very “quick, fix it” kind of world, it’s really hard to hear that something like this has no remedy right?
We are here to tell you that you are not alone. There are a countless number of procedures that have been studied in the last several years in ophthalmology, and we know them all.
We can’t give you an answer on a blog, but we can encourage you to come see us. We can assess your visual needs, and try to help you see that phone or that menu again (without hurting anyone in the process).
If you or anyone you know is struggling with their vision or you feel like this article feels all too familiar, give us a call today at 713-626-5544.