Vision Changes

Keeping your vision sharp at every age.


Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes have different needs as we age. It's important to know which vision changes are a normal part of aging and when something more serious may need the attention of an eye doctor.

Read below to learn more about:

  • the vision and eye health changes that most commonly occur in your 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond
  • the proactive steps you can take to help maintain good vision and eye health

VISION CHANGES IN YOUR 40's


WHAT TO EXPECT


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.

TAKE ACTION

  • Corrective lenses, such as reading glasses, are the best way to help you see more clearly and minimize eye strain.
  • If you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, the near vision changes caused by presbyopia can bring about the need to use bifocal or multifocal lenses.

VISION CHANGES IN YOUR 50's


WHAT TO EXPECT

As we age, the risk of developing a number of age-related eye diseases—such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration— increases. The harmful effects of these eye conditions can increase in later years if they are not monitored and managed right away.

Reduced Tear Production (known as Dry Eye) also occurs with age. This is particularly true for women after menopause. The tear glands in your eyes produce fewer tears and, as a result, your eyes may feel dry and irritated. Having an adequate amount of tears is an essential element in keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining clear sight.

TAKE ACTION

  • Monitor your vision and see your eye doctor if you notice any major vision changes.
  • Have your eyes checked after other major health changes, such as a hypertension or diabetes diagnosis.
  • While there is no cure for macular degeneration, healthy habits like taking multivitamins and eating foods rich in lutein and antioxidants can help slow the process down.
  • Dry eye is usually chronic and cannot be cured, but your comfort can be improved and eye health maintained through use of artificial tears. Your Doctor of Optometry is the best source to advise on the best drops for you.

VISION CHANGES IN YOUR 60's AND BEYOND


WHAT TO EXPECT

Cataracts are a common age-related eye disease, They are an impairment of the eye's lens that is caused by tiny clumps of protein molecules which block light and dim your vision.

TAKE ACTION

  • Visit your optometrist at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam to screen for cataracts and other common age-related eye diseases.
  • If cataracts start to impair your vision and everyday activities, cataract surgery may be a safe and effective way to restore your vision.

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