BARNARD ASSOCIATES - OPTOMETRISTS
BARNARD ASSOCIATES - OPTOMETRISTS

Understanding Age-related vision changes

Just like your body, your eyes and vision change over time. Ageing changes in various parts of the eye can result in a number of noticeable differences in how well you see. While not everyone will experience the same level of symptoms, the following are common age-related vision changes:

 

  • Need for More Light

 

As you age, you need more light to see as well as you did in years past. Brighter lights in your work area or next to your reading chair will help make reading and other near tasks easier.

 

  • Difficulty Reading and Doing Close Work

 

Printed materials are not as clear as before, in part because the lens in your eye becomes less flexible with time. This makes it harder for your eyes to focus near objects with the same ability you had when you were younger.

 

  • Problems with Glare

 

You may notice additional glare from headlights at night or sun reflecting off of windshields or pavement during the day, making it more difficult to drive. Changes within the lens in your eye cause light entering the eye to be scattered rather than focused precisely on the retina, thus creating more glare.

 

  • Changes in Color Perception

 

The normally clear lens located inside your eye may start to discolor making it harder to see and distinguish between certain shades of colors.

 

 

With age, the tear glands in your eyes will produce fewer tears. This is particularly true for women after menopause. As a result, your eyes may feel dry and irritated. Having an adequate amount of tears is an essential element in keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining clear sight.

 

(From the American Optometric Association)

 

 

 

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