The Changing Needs for Adult Eye Care
Most adults after age 18 and up through the age of 40 experience healthy vision with seldom occurrences of any major eye conditions or diseases. As we age over 40, changes in vision often occur, especially with tasks such as reading or doing close-up work, such as working at a computer. As we approach our sixties and, especially after 60, other more serious vision problems occur and should be immediately addressed The chances for vision loss from eye conditions do increase with age and annual examinations are essential. If you notice any changes in vision at any age, or if you there are any persistent visual encumbrances such as consistent floaters, light flashes, blinds spots or changes in your peripheral vision, consult your Vision Source eye care professional. Make an eye care appointment. Learn more about the aging of the eyes
Eye Care Under 40
If you are under 40 with healthy vision and no family history of eye disease, an eye exam at least every two years is recommended. If you or someone in your family has diabetes, glaucoma, or a family history of eye disease, it is recommended to get early screening and an annual vision exam.
Eye Care After 40
At 40, it is recommended to have an eye exam to establish your baseline visual performance, as this is when most changes in vision occur. After 40, you become more susceptible to chronic eye conditions such as Dry Eye, and early detection is important to stop its progression.
Eye Care After 60
After 60, your near vision may deteriorate and you may notice other changes in the visual performance of your eyes. Cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye, and other retinal or corneal problems may arise. It is important to have regular examinations and follow any treatment plans.
Healthy Lifestyle And Vision Quality
Regardless of your age, smart lifestyle choices and regular eye exams are essential to a lifetime of healthy vision.
Like all aspects of your body’s health, healthy eating makes a difference with your eyes. This does not mean a daily regimen of carrots, but a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and foods rich in antioxidants matter to your overall health can impact the longevity of quality vision.
If you smoke, you are exposing your eyes to high levels of harmful chemicals which increase your risk for many eye diseases including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
We know the importance of good exercise to our heart and overall physical health but it can also impact your eye health as well. When you increase the oxygen levels as a result of regular exercise, your eyes also benefit from the removal of harmful toxins from the body. Studies have shown a link between exercise and decreased incidences of general eye health issues, and those eye health issues linked to other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.
There is more than enough information available that speaks to the harmful affects of the sun’s UV rays on our skin. The same applies to our eyes; wearing sunglasses regularly for kids and adults alike is important to protect your eyes against harmful UV rays. Ask your doctor if your lenses have both UV-A and UV-B protection to block all harmful forms of UV rays.
Regular Eye Examinations
Prior to the age of 40, if you have normal vision and few problems, an eye exam every two years is recommended and is the best way to protect the long-term health of your vision. If you notice any signs or changes of vision sharpness, frequent eye strain or if your family has a history of eye disease or has health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you may want to consider an annual eye exam.