Generally speaking, the first half of adulthood presents very few vision issues – folks between 19 to 40. Vision issues do become more prevalent in the second half of adulthood – people between 41 to 60.
No matter what age group you belong to eye exams are recommended every two years for adults unless you have:
- A family history of eye disease: Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Low Vision
- High blood pressure
- Past vision problems
- A noticeable change in vision
Should you have any of these issues, Dr Giles and his team will provide an appropriate schedule of management and maintenance.
Common Vision Issues
We find the most common complaint for people under the age of 40 is visual stress. Staring long hours at a computer screen or working in poor light will cause visual stress. There are simple things we can suggest to give you relief.
When you enter the 41 to 60 year old group, you’ll find the eye’s ability to focus on items at close distance becomes more difficult. You’ll find yourself removing your glasses to see better up close. If you don’t wear glasses, you’ll hold reading material further away. This is called presbyopia and it happens to all of us.
There’ll be a period of time where you’ll have to change your prescriptions more frequently as your vision changes. There is good news, though. These changes in near vision should stop, or, occur less frequently, as you reach the age of 60.
Vision Changes You Can Expect
As you get older, your eyes keep changing and so does your vision. Here are some common age related vision changes you may notice as you approach 60:
- Dry Eyes. Your eyes may feel dry and irritated because as you age there is reduced tear production. Women going through hormone changes are most susceptible. Medications, medical conditions and environment are factors. Also, long term use of contact lenses can lead to the development of dry eye.
- You Need More Light. Be sure work and reading areas are well lit so you can read comfortably and do close work.
- More Glare. The lenses in your eye is changing. It causes light entering the eye to be scattered rather than focused precisely on the retina. So, headlights at night or sun reflecting off windshields create more glare than you used to experience.
- Changes in Color Perception. If the normally clear lens located inside your eye starts to discolor, it will be harder to see and distinguish between certain color shades.
Things You Can Control
- Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV radiation with quality sunglasses and hats. You can minimize risk of cataracts, cancer of the eyelids and damage to the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye.
- Wear protective eye wear at work, at home and at play. There are over 2,000 work related eye injuries every day, not mention those that happen at home and at play.
- Monitor Your Vision. If you notice any loss of vision or clarity call Dr. Giles and talk with him about it.