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Does Your Vision Change with Age?

November 4th, 2015 / WiseVision / Comments

Woman and eye chartAs people age, their sight does tend to decline. This is the reason for so many elderly people needing new prescriptions. Some people who have never struggled with poor vision all of a sudden find themselves needing glasses for the first time in their life.

So, what is it that happens to the eyes that causes this necessity in old age? What is it that changes the vision with age? The experts at Wise Vision & Hearing have the answers.

There are a few things that come on with age, but the most common is called presbyopia. This causes challenges with focus. Many people begin to lose the ability to see things far off or up close as they simply can’t force their eyes to focus as they once did. The reason for this is a hardening of the lens.

Unfortunately, there really is no permanent cure to soften up that lens once it starts to harden. This is a natural thing that happens with age. There are, however, some things that can be done to slow the progress and to make focusing a little easier and more effective:

  • Using eye drops: A doctor can prescribe medicated drops in some cases. This eye vision care can be incredibly helpful.
  • Bifocals: This is the very condition that motivated the creation of bifocals. Adding a secondary lens to glasses or contacts can allow the user to magnify the focus of items with a simple change of sight direction.
  • Laser eye surgery: Surgical methods using lasers have been very effective at helping to treat the vision and focus loss that can come from age-induced presbyopia.
  • Blinking exercises: A doctor can share good exercises to do with blinking that will help your body naturally create more tears and other fluids to keep this layer of your eye soft and pliable.

There are certainly many other conditions that can affect the eye as time passes, but presbyopia is the most common affliction associated with aging.


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