Vision Changes with Age Are Normal: Here’s What to Expect
Our bodies change in a wide range of different ways as we get older, some of which are good and some of which are decidedly less-than-good. We can’t exercise for quite as long before getting fatigued and we certainly can’t push ourselves quite as hard. Things start to creak and ache that you never had problems with in the past. That kind of thing.
But one of the most impactful – and normal – changes that happen as we age actually has to do with our vision.
The major age-related vision change that you’ll begin to experience as you get older is called Presbyopia. It may have a slightly terrifying-sounding name (what medical condition doesn’t?), but it’s important for you to understand that this is totally normal. It’s something that will ultimately affect all of us, whether we like it or not.
Age-Related Vision Changes: What You Need to Know
Generally speaking, you begin to notice the first signs of Presbyopia right around the time you hit age 40. As it sets in, you’ll likely slowly start to notice that you have a hard time seeing small print as clearly as you used to. This could affect everything from the ease at which you can read your favorite novel at night to how well you’re able to see text messages on your smartphone or tablet.
But because the effects themselves can be subtle at first, you likely won’t notice that your vision is deteriorating right away. Instead, it will probably occur to you when you realize that you need to hold that menu at the restaurant closer to your face than ever before to give the waiter your order, or that you have to squint to read the label on that medicine bottle.
As Presbyopia gets worse, you’ll also likely begin to experience some of the more adverse side effects. You might not be able to read small print for as long as you used to because visual fatigue will set in. This could lead to eye strain and headaches, all of which will ultimately make all of your favorite hobbies less and less rewarding.
Once Presbyopia starts to set in, there really is nothing you can do to reverse it – outside of corrective surgery or some other technique of that nature. It is going to get worse and worse over time, as your parents and grandparents can probably tell you.
But not all of this is bad news. There’s actually a pretty important silver lining to all of this that is definitely worth a closer look (no pun intended).
So What Are Your Options From Here?
If you’re someone that is currently going through age-related vision changes (or you know that you’re about to sooner rather than later), the most important thing for you to understand is that you are not alone. This is absolutely something that happens to everyone and, as a result, there are a lot of people who know exactly what you’re going through. Age-related vision loss or Presbyopia is incredibly common and although it does represent a significant change as opposed to what you’re used to, it is something that people will be able to help you through every day.
The next most important thing for you to understand is that there are absolutely steps that you can take to help mitigate risk from age-related vision changes as much as possible.
One of the most common techniques that people use to do exactly that involves purchasing a pair of multifocal reading glasses, otherwise known as adjustable focus glasses. These are glasses with a very unique lens construction that actually feature two distinct lenses, one on top of the other. There is a dial on the side that allows you to change the position of each lens relative to each other, thus restoring the clarity to your vision that you were so desperately lacking.
So if you were reading a book and wanted to correct your vision, all you would need to do is quickly adjust the dial on the side of the lenses and the clarity you desire would return in an instant. If you then needed to focus on something else, don’t worry about it – just adjust the lens again and you’re ready to go.
For many, this is a much more viable solution than purchasing multiple pairs of reading glasses with different strengths, as it’s just so much easier to manage. Instead of trying to remember where you left the pair of glasses you use for reading books, using your computer, or forgetting to take the right pair with you when you go to work or out on the town for dinner and a movie, you have just one pair to deal with. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.
Now, it’s important to note that variable or adjustable reading glasses are NOT designed to replace prescription eyewear. If your age-related vision changes are that much of a problem, you likely will need to go see your eye care professional to get a stronger pair of glasses. But for millions of people around the world, multifocal lenses will absolutely be the solution they need when they need them the most.
Adlens: Don’t Let Vision Changes Keep You Down
At Adlens, we understand just how important clear vision is to the lives we’re trying to lead every day. While it will always be true that your vision changes with age, sometimes we take the clear vision we’ve always enjoyed for granted – meaning that we never stop to truly appreciate it until it’s (sadly) gone. But with options like our Adlens UZOOM adjustable focus reading glasses, these are the types of things you just don’t have to worry about any longer.
If you’re still curious about whether or not adjustable focus glasses are the right choice for you, or if you want to learn more about age-related vision changes, we recommend that you make an appointment with a healthcare professional to discuss the matter further. If you’d like to find out more about our Adlens UZOOM adjustable glasses or the many other related products that we offer, please don’t delay – visit us today at www.adlens.com.