It’s essential to stay on the watch for signs of age-related vision loss the older we get. As eye health professionals, one of our priorities is making sure our patients are informed so that they both know what to expect and can minimize any risks they may have.
These are some of the most common vision changes associated with age:
The above changes can be frustrating and things like presbyopia and dry eye can be treated with reading glasses and eye drops, but there are also more serious vision problems associated with age, such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Many of these eye conditions can be treated, delayed, or even reversed, and improvements in technology and science may lead to even better prognoses in the future. Early detection is critical, which is why regular eye exams are so important as we get older.
In between your eye exams, there’s a lot you can do to promote your healthy vision. A major one is simply to live a healthy lifestyle. Stay active, eat healthy, and don’t smoke. These will all reduce your chances of developing sight-threatening conditions, not to mention what they can do for your overall health! Just make sure to also wear UV-blocking sunglasses when you’re out in the sun!
Meanwhile, if you struggle with eye strain, it could be because of screen time, particularly if you spend your work hours staring at a computer screen. To give your eyes a break, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds focusing on something at least 20 feet away. Your eyes will thank you!
It is impossible to overstate how important yearly eye exams are for your healthy vision. If it’s been a while since we last saw you or if you’ve noticed any changes in your vision, there’s no time like the present to schedule an appointment!