Your body constantly changes as you age, and these changes can impact your vision. Your eye doctor from NOVA Vision Center talks about various adjustments your eyes undergo as you grow older.
Age-Related Vision Changes
Your eye muscles lose strength over time. As a result, your pupils become smaller and less responsive to changes in light frequency. This is why older people are easily overwhelmed by glare and bright lights, especially if they’re going from a dark area into a bright one. They usually need three times as much ambient lighting as younger people to read comfortably.
You may notice that you’re having a hard time seeing things up-close. This may be a sign of presbyopia, an age-related refractive error that compromises short-range vision. We may prescribe multifocal eyeglasses for to improve your vision.
Dry eye syndrome is another common age-related problem. The consistency of your tears may be compromised due to hormonal changes that come with increasing age. Applying artificial can help maintain moisture in your eyes.
Achieving Healthy Aging Eyes
While some visual changes may be inevitable as you age, you can take steps to safeguard your visual health. Strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle by include eye-friendly foods in your diet, such as leafy greens, fresh fruits and cold-water fish. In addition, remember to stay well hydrated, drinking six to eight glasses of water per day. Exercising every day can also help maintain proper blood flow to your eyes. Most importantly, visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam regularly. Doing so can help in the immediate detection and treatment of sight-threatening conditions.
Call us today at (703) 291-0080 or complete our form to request an appointment and learn more age-related vision changes. We serve Falls Church, Arlington and nearby VA areas.