Beginning in the early to mid-40s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. This is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41-65. This is normal change in the eye’s focusing ability called Presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.
Initially, you may need to hold reading materials further away to see them clearly. Or you may need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurry, especially under dim lighting.
If you already wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, these changes in your near vision can be corrected by switching to progressives or multifocal lenses. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have many options to improve their vision.
During these years, schedule a comprehensive eye examination with your Optometrist at least every two years to check for developing eye and vision problems. Don’t rely on insufficient vision screenings to determine if you have eye or vision problem.
Adults over 40s who have the following health or work issues may be particularly at risk for developing eye and vision problems:
Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
A highly visually demanding job or work in an eye-hazardous occupation.
Health conditions related to high cholesterol, thyroid, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have vision side effects.
Just like your body, your eyes and vision changes over time. While not everyone will experience the same symptoms, the following are common vision changes due to aging:
As you age, you may need more light to see as well as you used to. Brighter lights in your desk area or next to your reading chair will help making reading and other close-up tasks easier.
Printed materials can become less clear and difficult when you are reading close work. This is partly because the lenses in your eye become less flexible over time. The rigidity of the lenses makes it harder for your eyes to focus on near objects than when you were younger.
You may notice additional glare from headlights at night or sun reflecting off windshields or pavement during the day. Changes in your lenses in your eyes cause light entering to be scattered rather than focused precisely on the retina. This creates more glare.
Your normal clear lens located inside your eye may start to discolor. This makes it harder to see and distinguish between certain color shades.
With age, the tear glands in your eyes will produce fewer tears. This is particularly true for women experiencing hormonal changes. As a result, your eyes may feel dry and irritated. Having an adequate amount of tears is essential for keeping your eyes healthy and for maintaining clear sight.
Nothing can be done to prevent aging. It is inevitable. It will continue to worsen as we get older. Once you have been diagnosed with these symptoms, it can be relieved by proper management by Ophthalmologist or Optometrist before they aggravate.
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