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Reflections Of The Way Your Sight Used To Be- Why Our Eyesight Changes Over Time?


People often say that once you hit 40, you begin noticing dramatic changes in your eyesight. The truth is that some people begin noticing them earlier or later in life however. As you age, your eyesight does as well. Just like any other part of your body, your eyesight will change over time. Your bones get weaker, muscles lose tone, your heart is not as strong, and your eyesight changes. These are all natural progressions that come with getting older.

 

Although they are not always welcomed and can be quite alarming and annoying, the fact is they occur no matter what some people do to prevent them. Our eyesight is precious and more sensitive than some people realize. You should do everything you can to take care of it, as certain age related eye conditions can take your eyesight away.

A) Prevention

The main focus on age related eye conditions is prevention. While most of the common conditions cannot truly be prevented, patients can do what they can to protect their eyes. You should always wear sunglasses with UV protection when you are out in the elements. Sun damage is something that takes a while to show up, but after many years of being exposed can wreck havoc on your eyesight. Be sure to always wear the proper eyewear when you are out. If you must wear prescription glasses, be sure to also purchase a pair of prescription sunglasses in order to get the protection you need. Some regular lenses on your normal eyeglasses will offer UV protection as well.


Another preventative measure you can take with your eyes is making regular appointments to see the eye doctor. You should see your eye doctor at least every two years after the age of 40. If you have an eye condition or already wear a prescription before the age of 40, you should see your doctor annually or biannually as well. Once you hit the age of 60 however, you should make it a point to visit your eye care professional each year.

B) Conditions
The most common eye condition related to age is presbyopia. This condition is one that many people over the age of 40 will experience this. It is basically a problem people have with reading close to their face. You may find that holding a newspaper away from your face makes it easier to read. You may have trouble reading menus or music at church. This is a condition that cannot be treated, and often gets worse over time. You can use reading glasses however to help you deal with this issue. You can get a prescription from your eye doctor or you can find over the counter reading glasses at your local pharmacy.

Mucular degeneration is one thing that is commonly linked to aging. This disease which can lead to vision loss though mostly occur in people over the age of 60, young people suffering from it is also not unlikely. This disease results from the damage of the central vision. This disease makes it very hard to read and drive as you can not look straight.While experts are almost certain old wives tales like watching too much television or reading in a dimmed area are not damaging to your eyes, there is little explanation for some age related eye conditions other than the fact they are due to aging. Remember to visit your local eye care professional as you should so you can learn to control any age related conditions you may be developing.