Think you may be having age-related vision problems? You may have already experienced some noticeable changes in your vision. While age-related vision problems are very common, it can be disturbing and even life changing in some cases. Are there things you can do to prevent or prolong the onset of these types of vision issues? The answer is – it depends. To gain a better understanding of how aging can affect your sight, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common vision problems reported by people age 40 and older.
It typically begins with suddenly needing to hold a menu or other reading materialsfurther away from your face to see the print clearly. This difficulty getting your eyes to focus is called presbyopia and usually starts by your early to mid-40s. As we age, the issue increases as the lens inside the eye gradually loses its ability to change shape. Many people can get by with ordinary reading glasses for a while but may eventually need progressive lenses or multifocal contact lenses. For others, corrective surgery may be an option to regain clear vision.
Other Symptoms of Age-Related Vision Problems
- Dry eyes
- Vision distortion
- Problems with peripheral vision
- Increased glare
- Color perception
- Require increased light to see clearly
While cataracts are considered to be an eye disease, the prevalence of cataracts among seniors, has many eye professionals classifying them as an age-related issue. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye as a result of proteins clumping together. Over time, the cataract can grow in size, covering more of the lens and increasing vision impairment. Aside from aging, there are other environmental and physiological factors associated with cataracts. The good news is that cataract surgery has become so safe and effective that the majority of vision is typically restored. It’s important to consult your eye doctor early on if you are experiencing cataracts to improve your chances of restoring your vision.
Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy
More serious eye diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are more common in individuals over 40 and are far more serious than simple presbyopia or even cataracts. Eating a healthy diet, not smoking and getting regular eye exams are critical to helping prevent potential issues associated with these major eye diseases.
No one can stop the effects ordinary aging has on vision. You can help keep your eyes healthier for longer with a healthy diet, high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants,and by making good lifestyle choices.The single most important thing you can do to protect your vision? Regular eye exams! Regular checkup to ensure there are no underlying medical issues that may lead to vision impairment. The majority of eye diseases can be treated more effectively if they are diagnosed early. If you are experiencing issues with your vision, contact the caring professionals at Tyson Eye and schedule an eye exam today.