As you age, your body undergoes various physical changes, and your eyes are not excluded from these changes. While symptoms vary per person, your eye specialist from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care shares four common signs that may indicate age-related eye conditions.
1. Reduced Moisture in Your Eyes
Upon reaching your 40’s, you may experience hormonal changes that could affect your tear production rate and consistency. This is more common among women, especially those who are postmenopausal. Your eyes may feel tired, irritate, and sore. They may also appear watery and redder than usual. Since a healthy level of tears is needed to maintain your clear eyesight, we may recommend applying artificial tear drops to improve your visual comfort. In more severe cases, we may also suggest using punctal plugs to prevent your tears from draining too rapidly.
2. Difficulties Completing Daily Activities
Your eyes’ lenses are naturally flexible, allowing you to see nearby and distant objects easily. As you age, they lose their flexibility, resulting in a refractive error known as presbyopia, which causes difficulty seeing close-range objects. We may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses with multiple prescriptions to improve your visual acuity. We may also evaluate if laser eye surgery is a good option for you.
3. Need for Brighter Lighting
Your retina contains photoreceptors called rods that help you see fine details even in dimly lit spaces. As you age, however, they may deteriorate, making it difficult for you to see clearly in low-lit areas. We may recommend a higher prescription for your corrective eyewear.
4. Impaired Color Recognition
Your lenses are naturally transparent, allowing maximum light entry. As you age, protein fragments may start to deposit on their surface, leading to cataracts. They may prevent light rays from entering your eyes, resulting in cloudy vision. You may feel like you are seeing the world through a dusty window, making it hard to distinguish different colors. Your optometrist may recommend surgically removing your cataracts.
To learn more about common age-related vision problems, call us at (301) 859-4060 or complete our form. We serve Alexandria, VA, and Potomac and Rockville, MD.