If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will. That moment that you are going through an everyday routine and you suddenly realize that your spreadsheet is out of focus, or the text of the book you are reading your child is suddenly much harder to read. Gradual vision loss is a natural part of the aging process, but more times than not, it sneaks up on us because eye health is not the first thing on our mind.
It is important to have a basic understanding of how our eyes age. By knowing what to expect at each stage of our life, we can ensure that we are ready for what Father Time will throw at us. The key is being able to tell the difference between normal eye aging, and more serious issues that need immediate attention from your doctor.
The good folks at VSP put together a simple timeline of what to expect from our eyes we age as well as some simple action steps we can take to preserve the longevity of our eyes. Check out their site to get more detailed information on the health and wellness of your baby blues. Here’s an overview:
Vision Changes in Your 20s and 30s:
Generally speaking, adults in their 20s and 30s have healthy eyes and can effectively treat vision problems with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. But it’s never too early to start preserving your eye health! During this stage of life, prevention is key.
At this stage in life, prevention is key! Wear sunglasses, avoid exposing your eyes to cigarette smoke, schedule an annual eye exam. This is also a great time in life to benefit from LASIK technology. We can help with that! From now through the end of the month, we can hook you up with a pretty sweet deal!
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Vision Changes in Your 40s:
While preventative measures are vital to maintaining healthy eyes, vision changes are a natural part of the aging process. Presbyopia, a decline in your ability to focus due to the hardening of the lenses in your eyes, may become more noticeable in your 40s, making it more difficult to see while reading or doing close work.
Doctors say that this is the age when things begin getting more and more out of focus. Try adjusting the distance between your eyes and printed materials, or look into reading glasses if you need that “extra boost”.
Vision Changes in Your 50s:
As we age, the risk of contracting a number of age-related eye diseases—such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration—will increase. “Glaucoma is one disease that’s especially important to monitor,” explains Dr. Leffingwell (VSP doctor). “The harmful effects can increase in later years if it’s not managed right away.”
At this phase of life, diet may be your best weapon! Eating right and multivitamins will go a long way in preserving the health of your eyes.
Vision Changes in Your 60s and Beyond:
While cataracts are technically classified as an age-related eye disease, the condition is so common among older individuals, that they’re considered a normal part of the aging process. This impairment of the lens is caused by tiny clumps of protein molecules, which block light and dim your vision.
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