Vision Over 40

Signs of Aging Vision

Many eye conditions can begin in your 20s and 30s without any warning signs. They wait to show up in your 40s. Maybe you’ve noticed difficulty seeing clearly at close distances, especially while reading or computing. Or is it more difficult to see while driving at night, or following the news ticker at the bottom of your TV screen? Don’t worry. This is normal, just one of the “joys” of aging, and a clear sign that it’s time for an eye exam.

 

Common Eye Conditions at 40

Presbyopia: Easily the most common condition, it’s a normal change in the eye’s ability to focus, thanks to a gradual thickening of natural lens in our eyes. Usually occurs around age 40, whether you’ve had good vision or been wearing corrective eyewear for years.

 

Treatment: Reading glasses can help in mild cases. Progressive addition lenses (PALs), bifocals and multifocal lenses are usually prescribed for patients already wearing corrective eyewear. Surgery to correct presbyopia is also a popular option.

What’s Happening?

Just like our bones and our brains, eyes and vision change over time. Any number of changes in various parts of the eye can result in differences in how well you see. Here are five age-related vision changes that often occur in our 40s and 50s:

  • Need for more light
  • Too much glare
  • Difficulty reading at close range
  • Changes in color perception
  • Reduced tear production

 

Sabates Eye Centers eye doctors can help you adapt to these changes, and determine whether they may signal a more serious underlying problem, such as macular degeneration, cataract or diabetic retinopathy.

  • Did you know?

    Only 35 percent of all adults...

    have unaided 20/20 vision. (The number climbs to 75 percent with corrective lenses or surgery). After age 40, you may keep your 20/20 vision for years, but will likely lose your near-sighted vision.

  • No more tears?

    Tear glands produce fewer tears as we age. Eyes can feel dry and irritated for no apparent reason, particularly for women after menopause. Prescription artificial tears and some over-the-counter drops can help.

  • Vision over 40 specialist Dr. Timothy Walline - Sabates Eye Centers

    Ask Dr. Wallace

    Q:    

    Is it me, or do women need reading glasses earlier than men?

    A:     

    They often do. Women and men have the same eye anatomy, but women’s arms are shorter. That means reading at arm’s length is more difficult for women when presbyopia sets in.

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Find it, Fix it

Presbyopia is progressive. So don’t sit around and hope it gets better. Get in for a baseline comprehensive exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist at Sabates Eye Centers. We find that adults over 40 may be at particular risk for developing eye and vision problems if any of the following exist:

  • Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high-blood pressure.
  • A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
  • A visually demanding occupation, or one in eye-hazardous conditions.
  • Taking medications for high cholesterol, arthritis, thyroid conditions, anxiety or depression, which may carry harmful side effects for the eyes.