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As we go into our golden years, we tend to pay attention to our wrinkles, creaky joints, and gray hairs but forget that our vision ages as well. The smallest change in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription can make all the difference in your vision as you mature gracefully. We wanted to share indications that you should look for in between your eye exams.

  • Additional light is needed to read or perform close work
  • It is difficult to tell the difference between particular colors, such as navy versus black
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • You have a hard time judging distance correctly with your eyes
  • Your eyesight may take longer to adjust from light to dark or dark to light

There are numerous age-related conditions that affect your eyes and have an impact on your daily activities. It is important for your Optometrist to perform a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year to capture symptoms of these age-related conditions. By having a thorough annual eye exam, you can prevent potential vision loss from the following conditions.

 

Presbyopia

As you enter your 40s, you will notice it has become a challenge to read your favorite book or to look at a menu when you are ordering dinner with friends. These minor changes in your vision can be a sign of presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition where you lose the ability to focus on objects up-close, due to hardening of the lens inside your eye. Presbyopia continues to progress over time. Purchasing a pair of multifocal eyeglasses can help you accomplish daily tasks with ease.

 

Cataracts

Cataracts are the most common eye condition among people over the age of 55. A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of your eyes that can impair one or both eyes. Your Optometrist can adjust your eyeglass prescription to improve your eyesight if you have a less than complex cataract condition. Surgery has been highly successful in restoring vision fully for those who have lost their vision due to cataracts.

 

Macular Degeneration

Did you know that macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness for senior citizens? Macular degeneration progressively harms your central vision. The central vision is vital as it is needed to see objects straight ahead and clearly. Although there is currently no cure for macular degeneration, your Optometrist can make recommendations which can slow its progression and preserve your eyesight.

 

Glaucoma

The risk of developing glaucoma increases once we reach the milestone age of 40. Glaucoma can damage your eye’s optic nerve which leads to permanent vision loss. This disease consists of too much pressure inside your eyes and has no symptoms shown early on. Your Optometrist can treat your glaucoma by prescribing eye drops or oral medications.

 

There are other aging effects that can impair your vision. It is critical to schedule your comprehensive dilated eye exam annually to detect early signs of age-related conditions. These subtle changes can lead to major eye problems later on if not taken care of, see list below:

  • Reduced pupil size
  • Low vision
  • Floaters
  • Dry eyes
  • Decreased color vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you age will help counteract age-related conditions that affect your vision.

Schedule your annual eye exam at one of our Eyes on Missouri locations to detect early warning signs for age-related conditions.