Keep Your Sight Sharp at Every Age

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Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes have different needs as we age. That’s why it’s important to know which vision changes are a normal part of aging, and when something more serious may need the attention of an eye doctor.

Find out what to expect of your eyes in every era, discover proactive steps to preserve your healthy eye sight, and learn which corrective measures will help you see clearly and feel your best, no matter what your age!

Vision Changes in Your 20s and 30s

WHAT TO EXPECT
Generally speaking, adults in their 20s and 30s have healthy eyes and can effectively treat vision problems with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. But it’s never too early to start preserving your eye health! During this stage of life, prevention is key.

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“Practice good health and safety habits. Wearing sunglasses, eating right, and not smoking will help preserve your sight at any age.” – Dr. Melinda O’Rourke

Vision Changes in Your 40s

WHAT TO EXPECT
While preventative measures are vital to maintaining healthy eyes, vision changes are a natural part of the aging process. Presbyopia, a decline in your ability to focus due to the hardening of the lenses in your eyes, may become more noticeable in your 40s, making it more difficult to see while reading or doing close work.

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Vision Changes in Your 50s

WHAT TO EXPECT
As we age, the risk of contracting a number of age-related eye diseases—such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration—will increase. “Glaucoma is one disease that’s especially important to monitor,” explains Dr. O’Rourke. “The harmful effects can increase in later years if it’s not managed right away.”

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Vision Changes in Your 60s and Beyond

WHAT TO EXPECT
While cataracts are technically classified as an age-related eye disease, the condition is so common among older individuals, that they’re considered a normal part of the aging process.  This impairment of the lens is caused by tiny clumps of protein molecules, which block light and dim your vision. “Cataracts will happen to all of us if we live long enough,” -Dr. Nolan Hathaway

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No matter what your age, always monitor your vision changes, make healthy lifestyle and dietary choices, and schedule your routine eye exams to keep your eyes healthy for years to come!