Age-Related Vision Changes: What to Expect and How to Adapt

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Vision changes are inevitable with age. Even if you had great eyesight in your youth, it’s normal for the eyes to change over time. The most important thing you can do is maintain regular eye exams to diagnose potential eye issues in the earliest stages. Our team is here to help with the ideal treatment plan to optimize your vision and reduce the risk of complications in the future.

Common Vision Changes in Older Adults

Each patient is unique, but some common conditions can occur as part of the aging process. These vision changes might include:

  • It’s more challenging to see things up close
  • Difficulty distinguishing similar colors (such as black and dark blue)
  • The eyes need more time to adjust to changing light levels

The good news is that different treatment solutions are available to help with these changes. For example, you might start wearing glasses or contact lenses. Or, if you are already using vision correction lenses, then changes can be made to the prescriptions to improve your vision.

Common Eye Diseases in Older Adults

In addition to vision changes, other eye issues are more common in the later years of life. The risk of these eye diseases increases with age:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

Some of these conditions can be slowed or prevented through lifestyle changes. But even if you are living a healthy lifestyle, it’s still important to maintain regular eye examinations to catch potential eye issues in the earliest stages.

Regular Eye Exams to Maintain Good Vision

Protecting your vision is important for many reasons, but especially later in life. If you can see clearly, then it’s easier to maintain independence with everyday activities. Make sure that you are prioritizing regular eye examinations with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The goal is to find and treat potential eye conditions in the earliest stages, which helps to protect your vision and reduce the risk of vision loss.

Normal changes in the eyes usually don’t have a significant impact on vision. For example, you might adapt by wearing reading glasses more often. But sometimes, these symptoms can be an indication of a more severe problem that needs to be addressed. As a result, it might be necessary to take medication or schedule treatments as recommended by your eye doctor.

You might not recognize the changes in your eyes immediately. But an experienced eye doctor can look for these signs during your checkup and examination. A comprehensive eye exam is the most effective way to assess the overall health of the eyes.

Schedule an Eye Examination

Is it time for an eye checkup? Contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry to book your appointment and learn more about available services. We are always here to help: (951) 302 -1331.

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