As years pass, the eyes change because of the process of aging. Many of these effects are unavoidable, as they are caused by exposure to wind, UV rays, and other environmental factors, or simply by years of use. Here are a few of the changes you can expect to see in your eyes and your vision as you age.
Hardening of the lens. As the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, it leads to a condition called presbyopia, which makes it difficult to focus on nearby objects, like a newspaper or book. No matter your initial vision prescription, you will find that you have a progressively harder time focusing close-up. For a time, you can deal with this by holding object farther away; however, you will eventually need glasses or bifocals.
Seeing “floaters.” Floaters are spots or specks that seem to float across the field of vision, and they are especially common in bright rooms and outside. In many cases, they are harmless and are simply a part of growing older; however, if you’re seeing them on a very regular basis, they may be a sign of a more serious eye condition. See your doctor if you have any concerns.
Decreased tear production. Though many older adults experience a decrease in tear production, it is especially common in women who have gone through menopause. Your eyes may become dry or uncomfortable. If it is a problem, see an optometrist.
Loss of vision. You may notice a decrease in the sharpness of your color vision or a narrowing of your field of vision. Both of these are normal, but they can be dangerous. If you drive, for example, a lack of peripheral vision could mean that you don’t see a car next to you and get in an accident.
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