Vision & Age

Vision & Age

Vision and Aging: Know the Signs

Just like our bones and our brains, eyes and vision change over time. Many eye conditions can begin in your 20s and 30s without any warning signs. They wait to show up in your 40s and 50s. Some wait until you’re over 60.

CTA: Is your vision changing? Don’t let it get worse. Consult a Sabates eye doctor.

Some of the first symptoms of age-related vision issues include needing more light, noticing too much glare, difficulty reading at close range, reduced tear production and changes in color perception.

No matter how well you take care of yourself, you may need to address age-related vision issues. Sabates Eye Centers eye doctors can help you adapt to these changes and find out whether they may signal a more serious underlying problem.

Close-range fuzziness

Do you find yourself taking off your glasses to read at what used to be a normal distance? Do you get headaches after working with something close up? These could be signs of presbyopia, a common problem that usually occurs around age 40 as the lenses in your eyes thicken.

Cloudy vision

Trouble seeing the TV and seeing behind the wheel at night? Yes, headlights are brighter today, but blame the lenses in your eyes. Nearly everyone develops cataracts with age as once-clear lenses become cloudy.

Tunnel vision

Does it seem like your peripheral vision is gone? Elevated pressure inside your eye is producing that tunnel vision. This may mean you have early signs of glaucoma.

Blurry images, duller colors

When books, magazines and road signs are tougher to read, or your flower bed isn’t as bright as it used to be, these may be warning signs of macular degeneration or cataracts.

Floating spots, flashing lights

Floating spots, accompanied by bright flashes, may signal an early stage of retinal detachment. All patients are recommended for evaluation with any onset of floaters, large or small.