You’ve probably noticed that your body changes as you age.  Certain activities may not be quite as easy as they used to be.  Along with our bodies changing, our eyes change as well.  Some changes in our vision as we age are predictable, while others are not. One of the biggest changes to our eyes as we get older is that increased risk for chronic conditions.  Let’s chat about how our vision changes as we age.

Age Related Chronic Conditions

Cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and diabetic retinopathy are all conditions that aging influences.  Annual routine eye exams are so important because many of those conditions can be detected, and with early treatment, can be delayed, reversed entirely, treated or managed.  Early detection is the key, though, to having the healthiest vision possible as you age.

Common Visual Changes that Occur With Age

Color perception changes.  As you age, the lenses in your eyes can become slightly discolored, causing your perception of color to be a little different.

Dry eyes.  There are many things that contribute to dry eyes and aging is one of them. If you suffer the irritations of dry eyes, schedule to see Dr. Smith right away as severe dry eye may become permanent.  At that point, only the symptoms can be treated.

Increased light is needed to see.  The older we get, the more amount of light we tend to need to see clearly.  You may have noticed that night driving becomes more and more difficult as you age.

Small print becomes harder and harder to read.  Usually around the age of 40 people start to notice the need for reading glasses or bifocals. The prescription in this part of your vision changes due to the new rigidity of the lens in your eye.

Sensitivity to glare.  Your eyes grow increasingly sensitive to glare as you age.  Thank goodness for Polarized lenses!  Wearing Polarized lenses while driving helps reduce the affect of glare of your eyes tremendously.

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy As You Age

Being proactive in your health is the best way to keep your vision healthy and well.  Getting adequate rest, exercise and fresh air all benefit your eyes.  Eating a diet of fresh fruits and veggies will help, too, as they provide your eyes with the nutrients they need.  You should also wear protective gear when necessary, and always wear sunglasses that provide UV protection while out in the sun.  These are all very important tips for taking good care of your eyes.  Don’t forget, however, to maintain a regular annual eye exam with Dr. Smith.  He will be able to better scan for all of the signs of age related conditions.

The content found on this blog is for information purposes only.  It is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice from your eye care provider.   Always seek treatment from a qualified health care provider with all your eye health and medical questions regarding your health.

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