In the years after your 40th birthday, your vision is likely to change. It’s important to continue to see your optometrist regularly for eye exams. Even if you don’t notice your eyesight changing, your optometrist will screen you for age-related eye conditions. Here’s a look at some of the ways in which vision can change with age:
As you age, your tear glands slow down their activity. If you’re a woman who is post-menopausal, you’re at a higher risk of decreased tear production. The reduced production in tears can cause your eyes to feel irritated and uncomfortable. Your optometrist might recommend using eye drops to rewet your eyes throughout the day and keep them healthy.
Glare can become an issue as you age because the light beams entering your eye are less likely to focus as well on the retina. It’s more common to have problems driving at night as an older adult because of the glare of the headlights from opposing traffic. You might also experience difficulty with glare on sunny days. Your optometrist might recommend driving with dark wraparound sunglasses during the day.
As you age, the lenses in your eyes begin to lose their flexibility. This means you could have trouble focusing on objects that are closer to your eyes. For example, you might have difficulty reading or using a computer. Talk to your optometrist about using new glasses with bifocal or multifocal lenses.
Many different eye conditions affect older adults, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Remember to update your medical information during each visit to your optometrist. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can affect the health of your eyes. Let your optometrist know if you have a family history of any eye disorders and undergo regular screenings for them.
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