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Vision Changes in Aging: What to Expect and How to Adapt

Accepting the aging process is a transformative shift in thinking, embracing natural changes to the body and mind. Although every wrinkle and gray hair is a reminder of time steadily passing by, there are physical impacts that extend beyond aesthetics. The eyes allow us to appreciate the beauty and richness of each stage of life but quality of vision also changes as we age. Within the sphere of eyecare, advanced-age patients begin to hear buzzwords around common eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and presbyopia. In fact, presbyopia is a name derived in Greek meaning “old eye.” What are common vision changes in aging? What to expect and how to adapt?

Let’s break down the most common age-related eye conditions. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions characterized by damage to the optic nerve, often caused by increased intraocular pressure, leading to peripheral vision loss and, if left untreated, blindness. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, leading to blurry vision, glare sensitivity and difficulty seeing at night. Age-related macular degeneration, AMD, is a progressive deterioration of the macula, the central part of the retina, resulting in loss of central vision. Presbyopia is the natural loss of near vision that typically becomes noticeable around age 40, making it difficult to focus on close-up objects or read small print.

While you cannot avoid natural aging, there are strategies to mitigate the effects brought on by age-related eye conditions. These include regular eye exams for early detection and monitoring, maintaining a healthy lifestyle of a nutrient-based diet and regular physical exercise, the use of proper lighting to reduce eye strain and improve visibility and using vision correction options such as reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses. Protecting the eyes from the harmful effects of UV radiation with 100% UV blocking sunglasses as well as eyewear when engaging in extreme sports or potentially hazardous activities are other beneficial ways to prioritize your eye health. 

Signs and symptoms are most noticeable when an eye condition or disease has progressed. The best way to slow progression or to intervene with treatable options is with early detection. Comprehensive eye exams provide invaluable insights into the health of the eyes, giving you an opportunity to take proactive steps in preserving your vision for the long term.
Caring for your aging eyes begins with a visit to the eye doctor. Contact Skyline Vision Clinic today by calling 719-630-3937 or visiting WEBSITE.