The sharpness of our eyesight has an effect on a person’s quality of life, especially as we age. We know that muscles deteriorate with age, but the same can be said for eyesight. Our vision suffers from age-related decline as we grow older, starting from the 40’s and getting worse by the 60’s. Of course, this varies for every individual, but how does eyesight get worse with age? There are normal age-related vision changes such as presbyopia, along with many eye diseases that seniors struggle with. Let’s go over what happens to a person’s vision and eyesight as we grow into our golden years.
Vision Changes Over Time
The most common age-related vision changes are known as presbyopia. This means that it’s more difficult to focus on objects up close, that’s why a lot of seniors read materials from a distance better or must wear reading glasses. Corrective lenses or contacts can also fix vision issues related to presbyopia.
Once you hit your 60’s, presbyopia-related deterioration can become more advanced. Many people need frequent changes in their eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions strength. An experienced optometrist is able to determine the best course of action for advanced presbyopia. For example, you may need one pair of eyeglasses for normal tasks and another that emphasizes intermediate ranges for working more comfortably at the computer.
Vision can also get worse with age because of other reasons, such as eye diseases. Cataracts is a common problem in older individuals. While it’s considered an age-related disease, so many seniors develop cataracts that it’s almost seen as a normal aging change, much like presbyopia. Luckily, cataract surgery can fully restore any vision lost due to the disease, making it very manageable when treated successfully by a board certified optometrist.
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