People need reading glasses when a normal loss of near focussing ability occurs, but when does this typically tend to happen?

Presbyopia, an age-related loss of near focussing ability, is the reason why people tend to need reading glasses as they get older.

If you find that you need to hold a book or your phone at arm’s length in order to read the text, you may be developing presbyopia.

Dr Sanjay Dhawan, director of ophthalmology for Max Healthcare in India, says that there is no fixed age at which presbyopia occurs, but you may start noticing that it’s difficult to read a book or the newspaper from the age of about 38.

A basic eye exam can confirm presbyopia and an optometrist will be able to prescribe reading glass and/or contact lenses.

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