Aging Eyes

Most people experience some decline in their vision as they get older. It is something that we have come to expect, but it is not necessarily something that you have to live with. Most age-related vision problems can be improved, halted, slowed down, or reversed. Better yet, there are steps you can take to prevent or delay their development. You should never think of vision loss as an inevitable part of aging.

Common Symptoms of Aging Eyes

  • Needing more light to read or do fine work such as sewing
  • Difficulty with night driving
  • Colors seem faded or less intense
  • Difficulty adjusting to bright or dim lighting conditions
  • Frequent changes in prescriptions for your glasses or contacts
  • A constant haze in the air
  • Eyestrain and headaches
  • Eye irritation and constant blinking

Common Conditions Affecting Aging Eyes

  • Presbyopia – the lens of the eye no longer makes the fine adjustments needed for focusing clearly on close work such as reading
  • Cataracts – clouding of the lens of the eye
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – progressive damage to the center of the retina
  • Diabetic retinopathy – retinal disorders caused over time by high blood sugar levels in people with diabetes
  • Glaucoma – damage to the optic nerve, usually but not always involving elevated intraocular pressure
  • Dry Eye Syndrome – inadequate lubrication of the eyes, often caused by menopause or medications

Most people will develop one or more of these conditions as they age. The good news is that there is help and you can retain your vision in most cases. If you are experiencing a decline in your vision, please talk to an ophthalmologist in your area soon.