Vision is like other parts of our bodies that feel the effects of aging, and our eyes will show signs as we meet good old father time. A lot of adults will notice changes in their late ‘50s with vision up close; this explains why you can look around a restaurant and see 50-somethings looking at their menu from afar or with reader glasses on the tips of their noses. These glasses come in different magnifications and help with making those little details or small text much clearer to see.
Another issue aging eyes deal with are changes to regular vision: nearsightedness tends to change as you age as well and you may notice difficulties seeing far away. If this happens, an ophthalmologist can prescribe you glasses or increase your current prescription. Night driving is another difficulty that people complain about as they age and there are special lenses to make the glare of oncoming headlights less. Some elderly people prefer to not drive at night, but there are corrective helpers.
Dry eyes, which can be extremely annoying, are a complaint of aging vision. Dry eyes happen as your eyes age because of the decrease in the production of tears. There are several reasons for this condition and it’s important to consult an ophthalmologist as soon as possible because this can affect the cornea. There is also the opposite of dry eye which is that your eyes tear too much. This could be a sign of a blocked tear duct or some kind of infection and both can be fixed by an eye professional.
Older eyes may also see floaters, which are clear little objects within the eye that you see but can’t touch. Most of the time, these are signs of aging eyes and are harmless, but if they suddenly seem worse or are accompanied by flashes of light, you need to be seen by an eye care professional immediately. Floaters with flashes of light are a sign of retina detachment and that is a serious condition that needs immediate care.
Cataracts are a condition that you wouldn’t necessarily know you have. These can end up causing your eye to look cloudy from the outside. These clouds can cover all or just part of your eye lens. Because the eye lens needs to be clear to see cataracts will eventually cause problems with vision. Cataract surgery is a regular corrective procedure that can correct this problem.