As we age, parts of our bodies don’t work like they used to; especially our vision. Some eye health changes are completely normal, but others have long-term consequences. To keep our vision healthy, we need to pay attention to any changes we notice in our vision and what to look out for as we age.
- Vision in your 40’s: In your forties, you may start noticing that your vision isn’t what it used to be when you were younger. You may notice that focusing on objects up close is more difficult. This could be because of presbyopia. Presbyopia is normal and eye glasses can help. Working in an office environment, or using your phone often, exposes you to harmful blue light. This can cause eye strain.
- Vision in your 50’s: The Mayo Clinic states that nearly half of all 65-year-old Americans have some form of cataracts. According to All About Vision, it’s estimated that by 2020 more than 30 million Americans will have cataracts. This may sound scary, but cataract surgery is safe and proven to work as 100% of vision loss to cataracts is usually restored. You’re also more at risk for developing age-related eye health issues in your fifties as well, many of which don’t have a cure.
- Vision in your 60’s: The National Eye Institute (NEI) states that two-million Americans have age-related eye health issues. They expect this number to double by 2050. Some of these eye health issues can cause blindness. Developing other problems while aging, like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, also increase.
- Vision in your 70’s & 80’s: Many of the eye health issues people experience in their 60’s often get worse as they continue to age. According to All About Vision, color vision declines, and visual fields begin to narrow.
The good news.
The more you know about eye health and pay attention to changes in your vision, the more equipped you are to handle them and protect your vision. Be sure to see your eye doctor and tell them about any concerns you have and any changes you’ve noticed. Also, the more healthy a diet your maintain, the healthier the rest of your body (including your vision) can be!