Vision Changes In Ages 60 Plus
The 60-plus age group often start to notice vision changes that require bifocal, varifocal, or reading glasses to see due to hardening of the lens in the eye. This is one of the most common age-related eye problems, where layers are added to the natural lens. These vision changes can result in the formation of a cataract and decreases the amount of light that can enter the eye, causing the vision to become yellow and blurry.
These vision changes are slow to progress, and gradually cause a decrease in the quality of vision. The formation of cataract is different for everyone. Replacing the lens at this juncture is permanent and the need for cataract surgery is then eliminated.
As your body ages, many physical changes will occur, some of which can reduce your quality of life. While this is perfectly normal, changes to something as important as sight can be a frightening prospect. Glasses can be prescribed for some age-related conditions, and advances in medical technology means that vision changes such as the development of cataracts need no longer be tolerated. The good news is that cataract surgery is permanent and there should be no need for repeat surgery.
Common age-related eye conditions
Vision correction surgery is something you need to consider for more serious conditions which cause vision changes, such as cataracts. You can also have corrective surgery for conditions like Presbyopia, which causes blurriness when looking at items close up, such as when reading, knitting, or using a computer.
By the time you reach your 60s, you should be having regular eye exams as well as regular physical examinations to identify related physical conditions which could affect your vision. Dry eye is common, particularly in older women, and this can cause discomfort. You may also find your peripheral vision decreases, and that colours become more difficult to distinguish.
Vision changes can mean that you need more light to see clearly than when you were younger. If you’re struggling to see at home then try using more lamps, especially when reading or doing other close-up work such as sewing.
One of the most serious eye conditions is a detached retina. The symptoms of this include seeing spots and floaters in front of your eyes. While this can be attributed to increasing age and be harmless, it will need to be checked by an ophthalmic professional as it could mean a detached retina, which will lead to blindness if it is not treated early.
Thankfully, most vision changes do not indicate serious health problems and their inconvenience and discomfort can be overcome using minor surgery, eye drops, or specialist glasses. If you’re over 60 and recognise any of these symptoms, then make an appointment to see your optician.