When you think of aging, you probably envision gray hair and wrinkled skin. Our eyes also change as we get older. Most people report a gradual decline in vision. It’s important to note that if you experience a sudden change in eyesight, you should contact your Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey ophthalmologist right away. This is most likely not caused by natural aging and could indicate a problem or injury.
Vision Changes at Age 40
You may be surprised to learn that many people experience a change in their vision as early as age 40. During this period, it may become more difficult to look at objects that are close to you.
This is called presbyopia. It occurs due to a hardening of the lens within the eye. You can adjust by holding objects or reading material further away. There will eventually come a point where you will need glasses or contacts to compensate.
Vision Changes at Age 50
Presbyopia will continue to worsen as you enter your 50s. The change may happen a little quicker, which means that you will have to change your contact or glasses prescription more frequently. Some people find that a single prescription is no longer effective for general use and may need one for daily tasks and another for specific tasks like reading or using a computer.
Common Age-Related Eye Changes
Along with a decline in vision strength, many people also experience other age-related changes, including:
- A need for more light to see properly
- A change in color perception, making it harder to discern shades
- Decreased tear production causing dryness and irritation
- An increase in glare
If you have questions about eye aging, notice changes in your vision, or are due for your routine comprehensive eye exam, contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule an appointment today.
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