Normal vision and aging of the eyes from the age of 40 to 60 years old By Kristina Oneill on August 01, 2013


Normal vision and aging of the eyes from the age of 40 to 60 years old

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Nearly everyone will experience presbyopia beginning in their late-30s to mid-40s. The eye’s lens (located behind the pupil) becomes less flexible with age, making it harder to read and perform other "near" tasks. One sign of presbyopia is when you find that you have hold reading materials farther away from your face in to see them clearly. If presbyopia is left uncorrected, it can cause eye fatigue and headaches.

Most people need reading glasses or another vision correction strategy to deal with presbyopia. Also, people who have cataracts removed (usually a bit later in life) may chose intraocular lenses (IOLs) that correct for presbyopia.”

If you think about your body, everything changes with age.  Your eyes no longer automatically auto focus as easily as they did for you in your twenties.  There are procedures such as Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) which is a non-laser refractive eye surgery designed to correct mild hyperopia and help people who are middle-aged or older to reduce their need for reading glasses after they become presbyopic.

Let’s face it, life is ever evolving!  The body changes with age. Middle Age is a tough pill to swallow but it is a great time in life to evaluate yourself and do something about the things that you can do something about!  Wether it be correcting your vision or simply changing your outlook and embrace the changes!

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