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Is farsightedness the same as presbyopia?

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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Not quite same

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, typically is diagnosed in children, who may end up outgrowing this problem. Occasionally they will need correctsive lenses.
Presbyopia is a natural aging process of the lens losing elasticity, that affects almost everyone starting in age 40s. The result is also difficulty focusing on near items; affected patients may need bifocal or reading lenses.

In brief: Not quite same

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, typically is diagnosed in children, who may end up outgrowing this problem. Occasionally they will need correctsive lenses.
Presbyopia is a natural aging process of the lens losing elasticity, that affects almost everyone starting in age 40s. The result is also difficulty focusing on near items; affected patients may need bifocal or reading lenses.
Dr. James Chu
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology

In brief: Presbyopia/Farsight

A person who is farsighted can see well far away, but needs glasses to see close-up.
This happens at any age. A person who is presbyopic is 40+ and has trouble focusing closeup because the lens and focusing muscles of the eyes are not able to accommodate well-- they lack the ability to adjust to near materials, such as a book or computer screen or smartphone. This is an age-related phenomenon.

In brief: Presbyopia/Farsight

A person who is farsighted can see well far away, but needs glasses to see close-up.
This happens at any age. A person who is presbyopic is 40+ and has trouble focusing closeup because the lens and focusing muscles of the eyes are not able to accommodate well-- they lack the ability to adjust to near materials, such as a book or computer screen or smartphone. This is an age-related phenomenon.
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