Blurry Vision Q & A
How does age affect eyesight?
Similar to the rest of your body, your eyes change as you age. Decreased visual accuracy and other vision problems often accompany growing older. According to the American Optometric Association, 12% of men and women age 75-84 are severely visually impaired, compared to the less than 1% of adults age 18-44 with visual impairment.
As you age, you become more susceptible to certain eye conditions, including:
- Macular degeneration
- Vitreous floaters
- Diabetic retinopathy
However, the most common age-related vision problem is presbyopia, a condition that typically begins around age 40 and continues to worsen through age 65.
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia makes it more difficult to focus on objects that are close to you. This condition causes blurred vision that may affect your ability to read menus or the morning paper without holding these items at an arm’s distance away.
Signs and symptoms of presbyopia include:
- Difficulty reading the fine print
- Needing to hold things far away to read
- Requiring more light for reading
If you’re nearsighted, presbyopia may make it easier to read without wearing your glasses or contact lenses.
How do you slow the progression of age-related eye problems?
First, Dr. Brisco begins with a comprehensive eye exam and consultation to diagnose and determine the extent of your condition. Similar to other health problems, eye diseases are easiest to treat with early detection. That’s why it’s so important to schedule annual eye exams at Hollywood Vision Center, Optometry, Inc.
As a Certified Clinical Homeopath as well as a Doctor of Optometry, she offers a wide range of treatment options for all types of conditions.
Depending on your unique condition, Dr. Brisco may recommend one or more of the following anti-aging eye treatments:
- Accommodative eye exercises to increase focus flexibility
- Homeopathic treatments to slow or reverse the progression of presbyopia and cataracts
- Nutritional therapies, including antioxidant supplements to reduce lens oxidation
- Wearing sunglasses with UV protection to reduce the aging effects of the sun
While these treatments slow down or reduce damage, you may inevitably need a special prescription — such as bifocal lenses — for reading. It’s helpful to bring an estimate of the different vision distances you work at — such as the distance between your eyes and the computer screen — to your appointment so Dr. Brisco can determine the best solution for you.
To learn more about protecting your vision with anti-aging eye care, call or book an appointment online.