Our bodies change as we age. Those changes extend to our eyes. It’s important to understand what is happening so you can learn how to overcome the challenges of growing older.
Seeing After Age 40
Many adults notice diminished eyesight by the time they reach their early to mid-40s. This usually causes problems when seeing objects that are close by, like when reading a book or newspaper. This condition is known as presbyopia.
You may be able to adapt by holding your reading material farther away from your face. Some adults may need prescription glasses. You may be at a higher risk for developing presbyopia if you:
- Have a family history of macular degeneration or glaucoma
- Were diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes
- Work in a field that is visually demanding
- Take medications for anxiety, depression, arthritis, thyroid issues, or high cholesterol
Signs of Age-Related Eyesight Changes
The number of symptoms and level of severity will vary from one patient to the next. The following, lists common signs that your eyesight changes are age-related:
- Difficulty viewing things that are close to you
- Difficulty with glare, especially when driving at night
- Difficulty distinguishing different shades of color
- Dry or irritated eyes with less tear production
- Need more light to see well
Signs Your Vision Problem Isn’t Age-Related
Just because you are over age 40 doesn’t mean your vision change is age-related. Seek medical advice right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Vision that fluctuates in clarity
- Seeing floaters or spots
- Loss of peripheral or side vision
- Images viewed appear distorted
Even if you suspect your changes are related to age, you should still talk to an ophthalmologist. It is important to make sure there are no other underlying causes and recommend the best way to address the problem. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Bloomfield Hills offices now to schedule your eye exam.