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Caring for Your Eyesight After Age 40

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Your body naturally changes as you age and your vision is one particular aspect where age related deterioration becomes more noticeable after age 40. Small print becomes harder to read and you may require reading glasses or glasses for distance. If you haven’t begun to experience any of these signs yet, then it’s good to know what to expect in the future as you continue to age. Then with this knowledge, you can take corrective action to ward off any possible further deterioration. Of course your eye doctor can help you to determine if any there are any issues that need to be addressed.

The most frequent issue that begins between the ages of 40 and 60 is difficulty seeing details. Consequently, activities that require you to read small print or to perform small tasks such as threading needle become much more difficult. Although this might be disconcerting to learn, it is a normal part of aging which is termed presbyopia. This is merely the result of your eye’s focusing abilities slowing down and it becomes gradually worse the older you get. In the beginning stages, you may find that low lighting makes it harder to read clearly. Also, if you currently wear eyeglasses to improve your vision, you may have to change over to bifocals instead. These will assist you with being able to read small print more easily without the need to switch to reading glasses all the time.

Another change is the need to see you eye doctor more frequently as you begin to move through these middle age years. Why is this the case? Because your risk of acquiring vision problems is higher during this period of time, it is advisable for both safety and prevention. How often should you schedule an appointment? The rule of thumb is at least once every two years, and more frequently if you have specific vision concerns or other conditions. For instance, there is increased likelihood of vision problems occurring for you in the future if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. Furthermore, don’t rely on being able to pass the eye chart test at the driver’s license office as a means to determine the state of your vision!

Finally, you may see the following alterations in your vision, and these are to be expected. First, you may find that you need brighter light to see more clearly at night time. In addition, glare from car headlights may give you trouble with being able to see the road properly. You may find that driving at night becomes particularly challenging, and you can use yellow-tinted driving glasses to reduce this effect. As your lenses deteriorate with age, they can begin to disperse light in a random pattern, rather than directing it towards your retina instead. This makes glare much more of an issue. You ability to view colour sharpness may also become weaker and your eyes may also be drier than before.

All of these things are very natural and you shouldn’t be overly concerned about them. So although it can be upsetting to notice that your vision is beginning to deteriorate somewhat, it is simply a normal part of the aging process. If you see your optometrist on a regular basis and take vitamins that are known to promote good vision, you can diminish the impact on your life all around. With the right prescription eyeglasses, you can cope quite successfully, and ensure that no major issues are present as well. As with most health discussions, preventative care is the best means of avoiding future problems along with scheduling regular exams with your doctor!