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Presbyopia, also known as Lao Hua Yan in Chinese, is the gradual loss of having the ability to focus on near objects due to aging. Words might seem like just a blot of ink when you try to read it from a normal distance. Often, people with presbyopia have to hold their phone or book at an arm’s length to try and read it. 

Many elderly suffer from presbyopia and unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it or treat it. That’s because the ciliary muscle in our eyes which is responsible for helping us to focus on near and far objects weakens as we age.

However, with everyone having a handphone these days, people are scrolling through their device at a close distance from the eyes every chance they’ve got – commuting to work, waiting for the bus or even while walking on the streets. This might put more stress on the ciliary muscles. 


As there’s no cure for presbyopia once you are diagnosed with it unless you opt for surgery, it’s best to start from early to protect your eyes. If you are in your 30s or early 40s, these are some tips for you that may just help to delay the onset of presbyopia. 

1. TCM Herbs

Gingko Biloba is used to enhance blood circulation around the back of the eye and can protect the nerve cells too. Other than that, it is also good for memory loss or any related illnesses such as dementia that comes with aging. Try 全连“活性银杏叶片” today. 

Alternatively, Chinese wolfberry is also commonly known to benefit the eyes. It can reduce eyestrain and enhance eye health by creating  a clearer and brighter vision. 

2. Adjust the distance of your devices

Are you holding the handphone too close to your face? Or sitting too near to your laptop or TV? Be mindful of the distance between your eyes and electronic devices so that they do not create too much stress on the eyes. 


3. Enlarge fonts on your devices

Another useful tip is enlarging the font size on your devices. If you find that after adjusting the distance between your eyes and the screen makes it hard for you to see the contents, don’t squint your eyes. Adjust the fonts so that it’s larger and easier on the eyes. 

4. Good lighting while reading

Whether you are working in the office or from home, make sure that the light in the room is bright and comfortable for you while working on the computer. Another bad habit most of us have is also using handphones in the dark on the bed. Add a night light beside your bed so that you can turn it on and off easily while using your phone! 

5. Take a break

Always take a break from the screen after every 90 minutes. Take a walk to the pantry or the bathroom and relax your eyes so that your eyes is not overworked by sitting infront of the computer all day.