Just like the rest of your body, your eyes undergo changes as you age. As soon as you hit your 40s, you may already be having a hard time seeing objects, particularly those near you. But are these changes to your vision permanent or can they be reversed?
Here’s what your optometrist has to say:
What Are Common Vision Changes As You Age?
Presbyopia refers to the loss of focusing ability, which often becomes apparent when you reach 40 years old and above. This is why many older people usually hold their reading materials at least an arm’s length away from your eyes. We may prescribe progressive or multifocal lenses to help you see nearby objects clearly.
Aging eyes are also prone to develop cataracts or the clouding of your eyes’ natural lenses. This may prevent light from entering your eyes and result in your blurry vision, similar to when you’re looking through a hazy window. Your eye doctor may suggest removing cataracts surgically when they are obstructing your vision too much or your safety is already compromised.
Can the Effects of Aging on Your Eyes Be Reversed?
You can keep your eyes sharp and healthy at any age. There are a lot of things you can do to maintain your eye health. For one, eat eye-friendly foods. Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are rich in lutein, a yellowish pigment that serves as your eyes’ natural sunscreen. The more lutein your eyes absorb, the better chances you have of warding off cataracts, macular degeneration, and other age-related vision problems.
If changing your diet is not enough, your eye care specialist may also recommend taking nutritional supplements. In particular, 1000 mgs of vitamin C and 2000 mgs of fish oil daily can protect your eyes from macular degeneration, cataracts, and vision loss. Studies also show that individuals who take these nutrients every day have reduced their risk of blurry vision and eye strain by 25 percent.
To learn more about your eyes and aging, call us at (208) 214-5080. You can also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Boise, Eagle, and the surrounding Idaho communities.