Taking care of your eyes is important at all stages of life. As you progress through different stages of life, your eyes will progress as well. Eye and vision needs tend to change as you age, and it’s important to recognize the different risks that accompany aging.
Most adults in this age group enjoy healthy eyes and good vision. The most common problems that people experience from the age of 19 to 40 are visual stress and eye injuries. Taking the proper steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and using proper protection as needed can prevent these two problems. Having a yearly eye exam is an important way to get proper visual correction during these early adult years.
Once you pass age 40, it is very likely you will experience some changes in your vision. The most common problem that people over 40 notice is difficulty seeing clearly when reading or doing close work. This condition is called presbyopia, and it is a normal change that occurs with aging that usually continues to progress throughout life. Correction for this problem can be determined through your yearly eye examination.
Regular eye exams are even more important after you pass the age of 60 because many health problems that affect other parts of your body can affect your vision as well. It is also important to recognize the warning signs of eye health problems as you age because your risk for developing these eye and vision problems greatly increases the older you get.
The following signs are given by the AOA as warnings of serious eye conditions:
Fluctuating Vision: this can be an indication of diabetes or hypertension
Seeing Floaters and Flashes: a sudden change in this can be an indication of a retinal detachment
Loss of Side Vision: this can be a sign of glaucoma
Seeing Distorted Images: this can be a sign of age-related macular degeneration