For those over the age of 40, you may have started to notice some changes with your vision. Thankfully, this is completely normal and something that everyone faces. Just as our body goes through other changes when we reach the age of 40, our eyes also decline in performance. Many adults start to notice subtle changes with their vision as they get older, such as having a more difficult time seeing at close distances (called presbyopia). While there are certain things you can do to keep your eyes healthy as you age, many age-related eye conditions cannot be stopped.
When you pass the age of 40, making a visit to the eye doctor on a regular basis is even more important. Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam after you’ve hit the 40 milestone is a great idea, as your eye doctor will help you understand everything you need to know about your changing vision. At First Eye Care McKinney, we strive to provide our patients with the information they need, when they need it. We understand that getting older can be stressful and may bring up questions for you, and we are here to answer them.
The Most Common Age-Related Vision Changes
Your eyes and vision change over time, no doubt about it. While everyone is unique and may have a different experience, there are several common age-related vision changes you should be aware of:
- Presbyopia – Once you’ve passed the age of 40, you may start to notice that it is more difficult to focus on objects that are up close. This is called presbyopia. Many people have a hard time reading printed materials as clearly as they used to, which can be attributed to the fact that the eyes are not as flexible as they once were.
- Glare problems – Many people over the age of 40 start to notice additional glare from headlights or the sun when driving. This happens because the lenses in the eyes cannot process light entering the eye the same way, making it appear more scattered and causing a glare.
- Changes in color – Over time, the clear lens inside the eye can start to discolor, making it more difficult to make out different color shades.
- Reduced tears – As you get older, the tear glands in your eyes have a harder time producing tears. This is especially the case for women going through hormonal changes. Because of this, it is quite common for the eyes to feel dry and irritated. There are specific eye drops you can get at First Eye Care or your local drug store that may help with this.
- More light may be necessary – Last but not least, you may require brighter lights on your desk or when reading to help make things clear.
Educating yourself about these common age-related vision changes is a great start to improving your vision. Again, we highly recommend coming in for a comprehensive eye exam to discuss these changes with your doctor. The more frequently your eyes are assessed, the better your vision and overall eye health will be.