After the age of 40, you might begin to notice changes in your vision. One of the most common problems is being able to read comfortably and do close work. This normal change in the eye's ability to focus, called presbyopia, will develop as you continue to age.
At first, you may have to hold reading material farther away to see it clearly. Newspaper text, for example, may appear blurred especially under poor or dim lighting. If you are short-sighted, you might find you have to remove your glasses to see up close. This may require eyeglass prescription bifocal or multifocal lenses. Fortunately, people with presbyopia today have many options to correct their vision.
Eye health problems may also occur during this period, and whether or not a need for prescription lenses is evident, you should see your optometrist every two years for a comprehensive eye examination.
If any of the following conditions exist, those over 40 may be particularly at risk for the development of an eye or vision problem:
Your eyes are part of your body and will change over time. Eye changes that take place at this time can result in noticeable differences in how well you see. Although people differ in symptoms and vision problems, the following are common age-related vision changes:
Persons suffering from loss of focusing ability for near vision, due to age, have several options available to regain clear near vision:
Through your 50s and beyond, the condition is likely to worsen. But around age 60, the changes should stop and new prescriptions will be less frequent. Despite this, most individuals should benefit from today's technology and enjoy comfortable near vision for all their lifestyle needs.
During this period, individuals run the risk of developing serious eye and vision problems. If you experience any of the following, you may have early warning signs of a serious vision disorder problem.
It cannot be emphasized enough that regular eye examinations by an optometrist can result in early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, which can help you protect and preserve good vision throughout life.