Baby Boomers & “Shrinking Arm Syndrome”

The long and short of it

As most of us age, our eyes slowly lose their ability to focus on near objects as well as they did when we were in our younger years. If you are farsighted, this problem can become even worse. This starts for most people around age 40. The technical name for this condition is presbyopia. You may start to have trouble with close-up work like reading a newspaper, menu, or computer. As presbyopia progresses you become more dependent on stronger glasses for reading.


Presbyopia is a normal part of aging that affects all people. Besides a decreased ability to focus on near objects, symptoms can also include eyestrain and headaches.

Glasses or contact lenses usually can improve this condition. As the ability to focus up close gets worse, the prescription needs to be changed.