Dr. Jack Abrams and his staff at the Abrams Eye Institute often get questions from patients about their eyes and what happens as they age. This installment of the series looks at eye and aging starting for people in their 40s. For the full eyes and aging series, click here.
For many people, the arrival of their 40s not only comes with wisdom from years of experience, but also with changes in their eyes. These changes bring with them a first pair of glasses for many, or increases in prescriptions for those already using corrective glasses or contact lenses. Other people may start having additional challenges with their vision that can require surgery.
Preventative measures we recommend do help keep eyes in better condition than they otherwise would have been, and decrease risk, vision changes are a natural part of getting older. At this stage in life, adjusting how you use your eyes joins preventive measures as important parts of eye sight management.
One nature part of eyes and aging is the arrival of Presbyopia, which is the hardening of lenses in your eyes. This makes reading more difficult or doing close, detail work, more challenging. Adjustments to help with Presbyopia including adjusting the distance between reading materials and your eyes, using better light and even adding reading glasses or multifocal contact lenses to your treatment mix.
Other, more serious eye conditions may start to appear in your late 40s, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. The arrival of these conditions underscores the importance of regular eye exams. Not all of these issues will be obvious in your day-to-day life, and you’ll need to have your eyes examined to discover and outline treatment options for these conditions.
The silver lining with eye conditions being found, is that eye surgeons like Dr. Jack Abrams and his team at Abrams Eye Institute, have state-of-the-art technology and techniques that bring levels of precision to treatment that’s better that it’s ever been.
As with any other age, there are measures you can and should take to help keep your eyes in good shape. This includes staying away from harmful cigarette smoke and UV rays. You should also be mindful of your use of electronics. And as we always urge everyone, have your eyes examined each year to make sure your eyes are in good shape, and that your prescriptions are current.
If you have any question about your eyes, eligibility for laser LASIK, feel free to call us 702-304-9494 or use our on-site form.