Over 40? Here's How Your Vision Changes as You Age

You’re over 40 and it’s time to admit it - you can’t see like used to. You’ve had to up the text size on your phone, you squint at the remote to read the buttons when you change the channel, and you’ve been eyeing the reading glasses stands at the grocery store and thinking it might be time to give in and buy a pair or two. 

It’s frustrating, but most people experience this kind of change in their vision as they age. But before you give up on seeing clearly ever again, try looking into the options for aging eye care in Utah. You might be surprised to find that reading big print isn’t your only option.

How Your Eyesight Changes as You Age

First things first though, let’s talk about how your eyesight has changed. Obviously, you know that reading has become harder. Maybe when you switch from looking at something far away to looking at something close up, your eyes have a hard time adjusting. 

These changes are most likely a result of a condition called presbyopia. It isn’t dangerous, but it is frustrating - and common. Almost everyone will experience presbyopia eventually. Presbyopia is a fancy term for a simple condition. All it really means is that, as your eyes age, they lose their elasticity. It becomes harder for your eyes to adjust to distances and results in blurry vision and slow vision adjustments. 

In other words, your eyes aren’t able to focus the light onto your retina correctly, so the images you see come through blurred. Presbyopia can be frustrating, but fortunately, there are various ways to make it easier to live with.

What If I’ve Had LASIK Eye Surgery?

You might be thinking, “But I’ve had LASIK eye surgery in the past. I thought that meant my eyes were fixed.” LASIK eye surgery is a helpful surgery for some conditions like myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) because the shape of the eye simply needs to be adjusted for the light to reach the retina correctly.

However, LASIK does not prevent presbyopia. As you age, your eyes will still succumb to the loss of elasticity that weakens your vision. SoOver 40? Here's How Your Vision Changes as You Age LASIK can still be helpful for your original vision problems, but as you age, your vision will still change.

What You Can Do to Help Care for Your Eyes

As your eyes age, it’s important that you give them the proper care they need. This will help them stay healthy. While presbyopia can’t be prevented, there are ways to help your eyes stay healthy so your vision can be as good as possible. 

First, make sure to eat healthy foods. Some foods are packed with vitamins that can really strengthen your eyes and keep them healthy, so your diet plays a key role in your eye health. Citrus fruits, for example, are a great option for aging eyes. If you want more suggestions of foods that will help your eye health, check out this article “10 Best Foods for Healthy Eyes.”

You may experience dry eyes at times, and if you’ve had LASIK, you may find dry eyes to be more common. So try keeping some eye drops nearby. Eye drops will keep your eyes moist and healthy throughout the day.

Another way to keep your eyes healthy is to protect them from screen exposure. We spend a lot of time on our phones, computers, and TVs these days, and the added blue light exposure can tire your eyes. You may find your eyes feeling dry and weak or have headaches after long periods of time in front of a screen. This is especially likely if you work at a computer in an office or at home every day.

So to help protect your eyes from digital strain, try using blue light blockers. They’re glasses with special lenses that limit the amount of blue light that reaches your eyes. Keep in mind, they’re only meant to be used in front of screens. They don’t work as sunglasses. And some blue light won’t harm your eyes (just going outside will expose you to it) but overexposure to blue light can cause strain. For more on blue light blockers and tips for eye health, try this article “How to Maintain Eye Health While Working from Home.”

Finally, you can also try buying some reading glasses. Reading glasses will help you see better as you read and work throughout the day, and while they aren’t the best long-term solution, they can be helpful, especially if your presbyopia isn’t severe. 

Other Options for Aging Eye Care in Utah

While there are several measures you can take to have healthy eyes and to help presbyopia, there are other options for your aging eye care in Utah. Davis Vision Center, for example, has some great options to help you out.

For example, if you wear glasses or contacts and have found that your vision is worsening as you get older, Davis Vision can help you get bifocal glasses or multifocal contact lenses. These will help the light hit your retina correctly when you switch from looking at something from a distance to looking at something up close. 

There are surgical options as well. Traditional LASIK eye surgery, unfortunately, cannot correct presbyopia because the issue isn’t the shape of the eye, but the elasticity of it. However, there are other surgical options such as Monovision LASIK, which shapes one eye to see distance clearly and shapes the other to see up close clearly.

Another surgical option is to insert multifocal cataract lens implants into your eye to help the light move through your eye correctly. Both of these surgical options - Monovision LASIK and multifocal cataract lens implants - help you remain free of glasses and contacts while still improving your vision.

Davis Vision Center - Eye Care in Utah 

As your eyes age, it’s important to get the right eye care in Utah. At Davis Vision Center, we’ll meet with you to discuss the best options to improve your vision and combat your presbyopia. Contact us today at (801) 253-3080 to set up an appointment so you can get back to clear vision as quickly as possible.