As we age, it\u2019s common for our vision to change. One of the most common changes is presbyopia, which is the loss of near vision due to age. Presbyopia occurs when the eye\u2019s lens begins to harden and thicken with age. However, there are a lot of presbyopia and reading glasses myths online and offline that can cause people to worry unnecessarily. If you\u2019re starting to experience these changes in your vision, you\u2019re not alone. You can rest assured presbyopia is a very normal part of ageing. Here are 5 of the most common myths about presbyopia\/reading glasses debunked. Myth #1: Presbyopia means you\u2019re going blind This is perhaps the most widespread myth about presbyopia. The reality is that presbyopia has nothing to do with blindness. Presbyopia is a natural part of ageing and is completely normal. As mentioned, Presbyopia occurs when the lens of the eye hardens over time. If left untreated then it may turn into cataracts which can cause cloudy vision and eventually blindness \u2013 but this is exceedingly rare in developed countries where cataract surgery is widely available. Myth #2: Wearing glasses will make my vision worse This myth likely persists because people mistakenly believe that glasses weaken eyesight. However, this is not true. Glasses do not make your eyesight worse, they simply help you to see more clearly by correcting refractive errors. Myth #3: Only old people get presbyopia This myth is simply not true. Presbyopia occurs as a result of ageing, so it can affect people of any age who are over 40 years old. You\u2019re not old at 40! Myth #4: Presbyopia is caused by looking at screens all day long While staring at screens all day long can cause eye strain, it\u2019s not the cause of presbyopia. Presbyopia is caused by a loss of elasticity in the eye\u2019s lens, which makes it difficult to focus on close objects. Myth #5: There\u2019s nothing I can do about presbyopia There are several treatment options available for presbyopia, and the best option for you will depend on your individual needs and lifestyle. The only permanent option is lens replacement surgery. Lens replacement surgery involves removing your natural aged lens and replacing it with an artificial one called an intraocular lens. This is a permanent solution and eliminates the cause of presbyopia which in turn also eliminates the chances of developing cataracts. If you\u2019re 40+ and have started having trouble seeing things up close, there\u2019s a good chance that you have presbyopia. However, there are a lot of myths about presbyopia and reading glasses that can cause confusion. So if your vision isn\u2019t what it used to be, call us or book an appointment to discuss the best way to improve your vision.