Vision Timeline – How your Vision Changes As you Age

Every day you may notice something different about yourself from the day before. The older you get, the more intriguing and mysterious the changes become, and your eyesight is no exception. Eye care professionals predict the following trends for your lifetime.

Your 20’s
During this time, your eyes are generally healthy. You may be exposed to greater risk of sports or work safety injuries, since you may be more likely to partake in risky behaviors now than when you are older. Vision changes such as near- or farsightedness may continue to progress, but at a slower rate.

Your 30’s
Your lifestyle now usually focuses more on health and wellness, an excellent prospect for your vision. Continue good eye care habits now, and be vigilant for eye strain and its effects if you are a computer user. Near and farsightedness will further stabilize. Since your lifestyle is still very active in this age range, commit to wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and focus on your wellness to prevent future issues like glaucoma and cataracts.

Your 40’s
Your forties bring about an interesting development called Presbyopia. Normal changes in how your eyes focus may require the wear of reading glasses, or you may need to hold reading material farther away to read clearly. Visit your eye care provider regularly, especially if you are diabetic, since your medical health may put you at increased risk for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy that can steal your eyesight.

Your 50’s
During your fifties, you may notice an increase in your presbyopia, and you may now need two sets of corrective eyewear to manage your vision needs. All individuals, especially Post-menopausal women, may experience dry eyes, and diabetic patients may be at an even greater risk for eye disease now.

60 and Beyond
After 60, most people know that they will develop cataracts, which are very common and fairly easy to manage. One issue you may not be aware of is that your pupil size will start to shrink, which makes it more difficult to see in low-light or fluctuating light environments. Your peripheral vision will be reduced, and your color vision may change or decline. Your eye doctor can help you manage these issues through vision correction.

The aging process is definitely action-packed, even with regard to your vision. See your eye doctor at least once a year to keep your eyes in the best health possible.

 

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