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Dr. Woods on Early Onset Presbyopia

So, basically, 40 is the new 30… well, that’s what I say anyway as I have passed my mid-30s. I never needed to wear glasses. I wore them for fashion (because I love glasses). But in the last 2 weeks, I’ve noticed after working all day on the computer my eyes were feeling strained and occasionally a slight headache. I need a little brighter lighting when I’m looking at my phone at night. My eyes were tired and I squinting occasionally.

I HAVE EARLY ONSET PRESBYOPIA ( insert horror music ).

Are you scared? Well… don’t be. You are still young and attractive. All this means is the lens inside your eye is getting a little harder. This happens to everyone. The lens flexes and helps you for near activity. My lens now just needs a little help now.

But you’re asking yourself… What can we do??!!

I knew you were going to ask that. There are relaxation or anti-fatigue lenses that help. This lens is also actually prescribed to teenagers… so basically you are getting younger. Put those in a stylish frame and your good to go. There are multifocal contact lenses to help relax your eyes if you don’t want to put glasses on your face.

I know you can still see up close. But you might be missing out on how your eyes can feel at the end of the day after the endless online conference calls. So, you know… take your time. Go for a patio for a beer… dance by yourself in your apartment like in the good old days at a club. But when you’re ready to make your eyes feel better… I will be here for you 2 meters/6 feet away.

Written by Dr. Mike Woods

Dr. Michael Woods graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo’s Optometry program in 2013. He completed both his Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) and his Masters of Clinical Anatomy degrees at the University of Western Ontario. His externship in Washington, D.C., allowed him to work in conjunction with an Ophthalmologist concentrating on treating cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, and the anterior surface of the eye. He has also worked for the Center for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) in Waterloo, giving him extensive experience with contact lenses. For the last 3 years, he worked in North York, performing comprehensive eye exams for all ages. His special interests include dry eye and contact lenses.

While not in the office, Dr. Woods enjoys going to the gym, running, swimming, and travelling. He has travelled to Ecuador previously for a medically based eyecare mission.


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