How Aging Affects Your Eyes

Aging affects every part of your body – and your eyes are no exception. Your eyes have different needs as you age, so it’s important to understand which vision changes are a normal part of aging.

eye care for seniorsAdults in their 20s and 30s generally have healthy eyes and any vision problems can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Prevention is key. It is never to early to begin preserving the health of your eyes.

  • Protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays by always wearing sunglasses.
  • Long hours in front of a computer can lead to eyestrain. Rest your eyes throughout the day by occasionally focusing on distant objects.
  • Keep your prescriptions up to date with an annual eye exam – to help avoid any long-term damage.

Your 40s may be the time you notice a decline in your ability to focus. This is called presbyopia and is due to the hardening of the lenses in your eyes.  Presbyopia makes it more difficult to see while reading or doing close work.

  • Adjusting the distance between your eyes and your reading material may help compensate. But when this is no longer a viable option, reading glasses may be your go-to necessity.

As you enter your 50s, the risk of contracting an age-related eye disease such as glaucoma and macular degeneration increases.

  • Monitor your vision and tell your eye doctor if you notice major changes.
  • If you experience major health changes, such as a diabetes diagnosis, be sure to have your eyes and vision checked.
  • Healthy habits such as eating foods rich in antioxidants and lutein may help slow the progression of macular degeneration.

Cataracts are common in older people, especially over the age of 60, and are considered a normal part of the aging process.

  • If cataracts impair your everyday activities, surgery is a safe and effective way to restore your vision.
  • A yearly comprehensive eye exam is even more important in your 60s and beyond to screen for age-related eye diseases.

No matter your age, monitor your vision changes, make healthy lifestyle choices, and see your eye doctor for yearly exams to keep your eyes healthy for years to come. Call to schedule your yearly eye exam, today: (800) 676-5050.

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