Most people know that as our eyes age, extra help with near vision is a must! But there are also other age-related changes that can also affect the quality of your vision.
Of course, any changes to your vision are an indicator that you need to schedule an appointment with our eye doctors. However, here are some normal issues that you may experience as your eyes age.
Cataracts: Glare and halos around lights are signs of developing cataracts. Glasses with special lenses or coatings can help reduce glare and halos if your cataracts are not quite ready for surgery. Be aware that certain medications and exposure to UV light can influence the rate at which your cataracts grow.
Smaller Pupil Size: An aging eye has a smaller pupil. Reading and working in low light may become more difficult. Improve your lighting to help you see better at work and at home. When you are in your 60s, you will need three times more light to read than you did in your 20s! Simple lighting changes can make a big difference.
Dry Eyes: Tear production decreases as we age. Other changes in our bodies, like menopause and some medications, can significantly make our eyes drier. Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops, also known as artificial tears, can help relieve the discomfort of dry eye. If the condition is more severe, there are prescription eye drops and dry eye therapy treatments that can help improve your tear quantity and quality.
Floaters: As we age, the likelihood of floaters in the eye increases. Although one or two floaters are a nuisance, they are usually harmless. However, if you notice an increase in the number of floaters, or you see flashes of light in your vision, you should contact your doctor right away because it could be a sign of a more serious condition, a possible retinal detachment.
Changes to Peripheral Vision: There is a gradual narrowing of your visual range as you age. Because the change is subtle, you may not notice that you are losing a few degrees of your peripheral vision with each decade of age. To help compensate for this loss, make sure turn your head when driving and walking so that you are aware of everything around you.
The above list provides some general strategies to help seniors see better. To find out specifics about your unique vision needs, just click to schedule an appointment.