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Your Vision Over 40: Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and Vision Changes
January 25, 2019
As you get older, you may start to notice changes in your eyesight. While these changes can happen at any age, most people will begin to expereince them around the time they turn 40 years old. However, what exactly can you expect with aging eyes and your vision over 40?
Read on to learn more about how your vision and eye health can change with age.
Vision Over 40: What to Expect
You may have had perfect vision your entire life, but aging eyes can make seeing things clearly more difficult. The older we get, the more we’re likely to experience the following issues:
Presbyopia refers to the inability to focus on nearby objects within an arms length. Reading glasses and bifocals are often recommended for those with presbyopia.
- Decreased Night Vision and Light Sensitivity
Aging eyes can make it harder to see things in the dark. You may notice a higher sensitivity to bright lights and glares.
- Dry Eyes
Dry eye symptoms can happen at any age, but they become more prevalent as you get older. Over time, your eyes produce fewer tears, which can cause dryness and irritation.
Age-Related Eye Diseases
In addition to changes in vision, aging eyes can also be more susceptible to some eye health issues. This includes cataracts and glaucoma.
Cataracts can cloud the eye’s lens and cause blurred eyesight and decreased night vision. You may also see halos around bright lights and experience reduced color vision. Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds in the eye. Symptoms of glaucoma can include decreased peripheral vision and eventually loss of eyesight without proper treatment. It can also lead to optic nerve damage.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be a common problem for aging eyes, as well. As you get older, the macula will start to deteriorate and begin to affect your vision. The macula helps us see detailed images clearly. With AMD, you can experience blurred central eyesight.
These issues will affect your vision over time. Luckily, scheduling routine eye doctor appointments can help keep your eyes as healthy as possible. With regular eye exams, your doctor can spot and treat these eye diseases earlier to reduce the risk of vision loss.
Advanced Treatments for Vision over 40
Changes in eyesight and age-related eye problems can become more common as you get older. However, advanced treatments are available to help restore your vision and ensure your eyesight. For example, if you have cataracts or glaucoma, you can talk to your doctor about options such as Dropless Cataract Surgery or iStent.
If you have presbyopia, multifocal contact lenses, bifocals, and reading glasses can help. However, if you want to get rid of the need for glasses and contacts for good, you should consider refractive lens exchange, a popular alternative to LASIK.
A refractive lens exchange can be a perfect solution for those who aren’t a candidate for LASIK or PRK. Using advanced tools and technologies, the natural lens in the eye is dissolved and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) during the procedure. The IOL can correct various degrees of nearsightedness and farsightedness. Plus, you may not even need reading glasses if it’s used with multifocal or accommodating lenses.
You can experience many changes in vision and eye health at any age. For more information about what you can expect as you get older, or to learn more about our advanced treatments for age-related eye problems, schedule a consultation at Kremer Eye Center!