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Vision Changes You May Be Experiencing As You Age

As we accumulate the years in our life, it is normal to experience certain changes in our bodies. These changes may be good (developing our muscles, growing all of our teeth, etc.) or bad (onset of age-related health problems).

When it comes to physiological variations, one of the most challenging changes we can experience is with our eyes. Here are some of the vision changes that we may have as we age.

Computer Eyestrain: Do you work in front of a computer for long periods? If you do, you’ll likely have tired, dry eyes. And it’s not just computer use that’s causing this. Staring at your mobile device or playing video games for hours can lead to computer eyestrain. You can prevent this by taking breaks every so often. Take your eyes off the screen and look at an object that’s situated at a distance. That’ll help relax your eyes.

Presbyopia: You might notice some elderly people holding a book at arm’s length in order to read it. That’s an indication of presbyopia. The lenses in our eyes are flexible. But by the time we reach the age of 40 and above, their flexibility gradually declines. As a result, we tend to experience difficulty looking at things up-close.

Age-Related Eye Disorders: High blood pressure and diabetes can cause negative effects on our vision. Did you know diabetes takes the lead in causing vision loss in adults? On the other hand, high blood pressure can cause damage to the vital nerves and blood vessels in the eyes.

Macular Degeneration: This condition is common in people over the age of 60 and is deemed one of the leading causes of blindness in that age group. Macular degeneration results when leaky blood vessels develop in the eye.

Glaucoma and Cataracts: These two eye disorders are commonly seen in people over the age of 60. Glaucoma is characterized by deterioration of the optic nerves, while cataract involves clouding of the eyes.

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