While you might not need glasses now, chances are that your vision will get worse as you age. Your risk of developing age-related eye conditions increases with each year. If you have other health conditions that often develop in later years, you are at an even higher risk of eye disease. Here is what you need to know to protect your eye health to maintain your independence and well-being as you age.
Most Common Age-Related Eye Issues
One of the most common changes in vision that people notice as they age is that they have difficulty seeing close objects or smaller print. This is known as presbyopia and is a normal process that progresses over your lifetime. Typically, you will start to notice it around the age of 40. You might notice it is easier to read your phone by holding it out further. Reading glasses can help improve your vision while doing close work or reading.
Many older adults begin to notice “floaters.” These are tiny spots that “float” across your field of vision. You might only see them when you are looking at a bright computer screen or outdoors on a sunny day. Floaters are usually normal, but if you notice a sudden increase of them or they are accompanied with light flashes, it could be a sign of a retinal detachment. Therefore, you should see an eye doctor as soon as possible to prevent permanent vision loss.
Aging increases your risk for certain eye diseases, including:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Diabetic retinopathy (if you have diabetes)
Yearly Exams Crucial for Good Eye Health
Maintaining good eye health is essential for protecting your vision as you age. While you might not be able to prevent vision changes or some eye diseases, early detection is vital. Having a comprehensive eye exam every year and keeping your eye doctor informed to changes in your vision. Please discuss any changes with your general health, such as having heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes with your vision professional to help them help you keep your eyes healthier.
It is never too late to get back on track with your eye health. Schedule your next eye exam with Valley Eyecare Center by calling (602) 955-2700.