As the years fly by, we all get a little older and a little wiser. Unfortunately, just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes can go through some big changes as we age. Some of these changes are totally natural and can easily be corrected with glasses or routine procedures. However, there’re some age-related conditions that are more serious, which can greatly impact your quality of life.
So what are the natural changes? For starters, most people over the age of 40 will start to experience presbyopia. That’s just the fancy medical term to say your eyes are getting older and your near vision is not so clear. Presbyopia is unavoidable and comes with the territory of growing older. Luckily, your vision can be corrected with a simple pair of reading glasses. You always see cheap reading glasses at the drugstore because presbyopia is so common.
We’ve talked about cataracts in another blog. In some instances, cataracts could be an age-related condition. As you age, your lenses will naturally cloud leading to reduced vision. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent cataracts from developing as you age.
More serious age-related eye conditions include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among American seniors. These eye conditions can usually be caught early and treated successfully, which makes your annual eye exam so important!
What can you do? The best thing you can do to prevent age-related vision problems from developing is leading a healthy and active lifestyle. A healthy diet, avoiding smoking, and getting exercise can keep your body and your eyes healthy. The most important thing you can do is to make sure you see you eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every year.