presbyopia

noun
pres·​by·​o·​pia | \ ˌprez-bē-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce presbyopia (audio) , ˌpres- \

Definition of presbyopia

: a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision

Other Words from presbyopia

presbyopic \ ˌprez-​bē-​ˈō-​pik How to pronounce presbyopia (audio) , -​ˈä-​ , ˌpres-​ How to pronounce presbyopia (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of presbyopia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patients who need help focusing at different distances (say, were nearsighted but were also developing presbyopia) were once relegated to bifocal glasses or the more seamless progressive lenses. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 15 Sep. 2021 The eye drops don’t treat the cause of presbyopia but helps treat its symptoms. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2021 These are simply garden-variety nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances) and presbyopia, which is the loss of up-close focusing ability (hello, reading glasses!). Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2020 For the graying set that thinks these glasses are more Thomas Dolby than Harry Potter, reading anything is more difficult, because of presbyopia, the gradual inability of the eye to focus due to age. Roger Hibbert, WIRED, 11 Feb. 2011 Just as presbyopia is no longer a major problem — thanks to eye glasses — many physical impairments of old age will cease being disabilities with the use of technology. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of presbyopia

1767, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for presbyopia

New Latin, from Greek presbys old man + New Latin -opia

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The first known use of presbyopia was in 1767

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“Presbyopia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presbyopia. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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presbyopia

noun
pres·​by·​opia | \ ˌprez-bē-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce presbyopia (audio) , ˌpres- How to pronounce presbyopia (audio) \

Medical Definition of presbyopia

: a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision

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