How Do I Prevent Age-Related Vision Loss?
Your vision changes naturally as you get older, but that doesn’t mean that you have to experience significant vision loss in the process. There are plenty of ways to preserve your eye and vision health as you age, and our team is here to help at every step of the journey.
Help prevent vision loss in your 40s by getting a comprehensive eye exam every two years. They also help protect you from age-related vision loss in your 50s by catching eye disease.
Eye floaters and difficulty seeing in low light can become issues in your 60s, so corrective eyewear and brighter lights may become important. Cataract surgery and corrective eyewear become more important in your 70s and 80s.
Protecting Your Vision in Your 40s
Age 40 is when you’ll begin to notice significant vision changes. One of the most immediately noticeable changes will be difficulty focusing your vision on close objects. This is known as presbyopia and it’s the most common age-related eye problem there is. You can’t prevent presbyopia, but there are steps you can take to preserve your vision and see comfortably.
The best way to prepare yourself for presbyopia and any other age-related vision problems are with comprehensive eye exams. These in-depth exams give your eye doctor a clearer picture of your vision health to check for eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.
Start getting comprehensive eye exams every two years in your 40s. You can also talk to us about corrective options such as reading glasses and multifocal contact lenses.
But comprehensive eye exams do much more than check for changes in vision. They also help us see the blood vessels in the back of your eye, which allows us to spot high blood pressure and high blood sugar.Because of this, they serve as a yearly physical for your eyes, catching serious problems that affect your vision and overall health such as diabetic retinopathy.
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Preventing Age-Related Vision Loss in Your 50s
The need for comprehensive eye exams becomes more important as you enter your 50s. This is the common age when you’re at greater risk of eye conditions such as:
- Macular degeneration (AMD)
These eye diseases can cause significant vision loss if left untreated, which makes comprehensive eye exams even more important. They give us an opportunity to view the optic nerve, lens of the eye, and retina to catch any changes that may be happening.
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Vision Changes in Your 60s
Presbyopia becomes stronger when you enter your 60s, which may require a change in your prescription. Issues such as dry eyes can also become more severe at this point, especially for women who have gone through menopause. Some medications can worsen your symptoms, so it’s important to tell us about any medications you may be taking during your eye exam.
You may also begin having trouble seeing in low light at this age, so invest in brighter lights to see easier in your home. Floaters and similar spots also become common around this age, but they’re usually harmless. However, a sudden increase in floaters and flashes may point to a retinal detachment and require immediate medical attention.
Your 70s & 80s
If you’ve been living with cataracts then this may be the time that your eye doctor recommends cataract surgery. Cataracts grow very slowly over time, often without you even realizing it. We’ll try other forms of treatment before suggesting surgery. However, they will eventually need to be removed if they’ve grown too large over time.
Your ability to differentiate colors lessens at this time as well as your field of vision. This can make driving difficult, especially at night. Talk to us about corrective lenses or eyewear that may be able to help with these issues.
Comprehensive eye exams are essential for preventing vision loss in your 40s and onward. They’ll help with presbyopia and catch eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma in your 50s. In your 60s, eye floaters and difficulty seeing in dim light become bigger issues. By your 70s and 80s, you may need to talk to one of our surgeons about cataract surgery.