• Presbyopia is often the first sign that your eyes are aging; everyone eventually becomes presbyopic! Around age 40, it becomes progressively more difficult to clearly see close objects, particularly print. Many lens options are available to correct presbyopia.
• Low Light. As you age, your pupils actually shrink allowing in less light and making it difficult to see in low light situations including driving. Seeing well in …low light is improved with task lighting and proper vision correction.
• Dry Eye. A reduced output of tears as you age may lead to dry eye, particularly for women after menopause.
• Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of serious vision loss among people over 50. AMD has no cure. Eye exams are critical for early detection of AMD. Identifying AMD early allows for treatments that may prevent or slow the progression of the disease thereby providing a better chance of retaining good, functional vision.
• Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside the eye making vision blurry or hazy and colors may appear faded. Cataracts often begin to form after age 65 although surgery may not be necessary for years. Cloudy vision associated with early cataract development can often be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
To maintain optimal vision and good ocular health, everyone over the age of 60 should have an annual eye exam!