When you pick up a menu, do you have to move it away from you in order to see the text? Have you come to the point where your arm isn’t long enough for that trick to work anymore?
The above scenario is a common telltale symptom of presbyopia. Unfortunately, as we get older, the lenses in our eyes lose some of their elasticity, and with this they lose some of their ability to change focus for different distances. The loss is gradual. Long before we become aware that seeing close up is becoming more difficult, the lenses in our eyes have begun losing their ability to change shape to help focus light rays. Only when the loss of elasticity impairs our vision to a noticeable degree do we recognise the change.
^ Based on wearers agreeing with the statement, “while wearing my lenses, I sometimes forget I have them on ”.