Your first step in protecting your eyes is to distinguish between vision changes that are due to the normal aging processes and vision changes that may be signs of disease. Only a doctor can diagnose eye disease, so it is pertinent to keep a regular schedule of eye exams.
Normal Age-Related Vision Changes
Not all declines in vision quality are the result of disease; certain anatomical changes naturally occur as the eyes age.
The various internal and external structures of the eyes, which all work together to help people see clearly at various distances and under different lighting conditions, begin to wear down as people grow older.
Common age-related vision complaints include:
- “I can’t see as clearly as I used to.”
- “I have difficulty seeing objects close up.”
- “Colors don’t seem as vivid.”
- “It’s getting more difficult to see in the dark.”
- “I’m less able to adapt to glare.”
- “I need more light to see.”
The most significant age-related changes often occur in the lens and the pupil; these account for the majority of vision limitations people experience as they age. The extent to which these changes affect vision varies with each person. Regardless of the degree to which these changes affect you, you can compensate for them and help ensure they do not endanger your safety or make it difficult for you to enjoy life by visiting your ophthalmologist. Contact us for an appointment.