Holding your papers at arm’s distance to read them? Squinting to read your own text messages?
Most people notice a change in their vision after they turn 40 years old. One of the most common causes of vision changes experienced with age is the onset of presbyopia, which is characterized by trouble reading or focusing on close objects. Though presbyopia worsens with age, you don’t need to live with the sudden inconvenience of blurred vision. When the problem becomes obtrusive, your physician can recommend corrective lenses, such as reading glasses or multifocal lenses.
To maintain healthy vision, USC Eye Institute physicians at Keck Medicine of USC generally recommend:
- Regular check-ups
- A healthy well-balanced diet
- Not smoking
- Proper management of diabetes
Your risk of more complex vision disorders also increases with age. Cataracts, for example, are so common that many consider them to be a normal part of the aging process. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the elderly. Regular eye exams are essential because many blinding eye conditions, such as glaucoma and AMD can lead to progressive visual loss without any symptoms. These conditions can be managed when treated promptly. Staying attuned to any changes in your vision, knowing your family history and scheduling a vision screening annually can reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.
Prevention is your best course of action. Your eye care provider can detect early damage or risk factors that can help you prevent irreversible damage before it occurs.