The Link Between Aging and Vision Loss

Aging brings forth a series of changes, some of which are undesirable such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, wrinkled hands, and varicose veins. At the Roholt Vision Institute, age-related vision concerns are frequently discussed during initial consultations.

Difficulties seeing up close

This condition is also known as presbyopia. Men and women who are in their 40s and beyond tend to have difficulties in focusing on objects up close. Presbyopia is believed to be a result of hardening of the eye’s lenses and the muscle fibers surrounding it. It is not uncommon to have other refractive errors such as astigmatism (double vision), myopia (nearsightedness), or hyperopia (farsightedness) to accompany presbyopia. Headaches and/or eye strain may be present too.

Cataract

When the lenses hardened in presbyopia, individuals with cataracts experience clouding of the eye’s lens.  Earlier phases of cataract may be addressed with prescription lenses while surgery may be needed if there is a need for the clouded lens to be replaced with an artificial yet fully functional lens.

Age-related macular degeneration

This condition is the most common cause of vision loss in individuals who are beyond the age of 50. Advancing age can lead to gradual degeneration of the macula, a tiny portion of the eye’s retina that is responsible for central vision. When this happens, the affected individual will have problems seeing the fine print.

Whether you’re still a teen or someone in his or her 40s, paying attention to your eye health is crucial. Schedule an appointment today with the Roholt Vision Institute team to learn more about ways to reduce your risk of the aforementioned vision-related changes.

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