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Does Eye Health Improve With Age?

You may feel as though with age your body's starting to ache, your memory is not as good as it used to be, and you need more sleep (and more coffee) in order to function. But does everything deteriorate with age? What about your eye health?

The unfortunate answer is yes because your eyes do not improve with age. According to AllAboutVision after you pass 40 you will notice signs of age-related decline in your eyes, which includes having difficulty focusing on things up close—usually when reading or looking at a computer. This focusing issue is known as presbyopia.

Don't worry, it's very common and occurs due to the hardening of the lens within your eye. The good news is that there are many options to improve your vision: What usually happens is that you will need reading glasses, multifocal eyeglasses, or contact lenses.

So, why are these changes happening to your eyes? One reason is that the normally clear lens within your eyes may start to discolor, therefore making it harder to determine different shades of color. You also produce fewer tears as you age, which makes your eyes more susceptible to dryness and itching. The size of our visual field also decreases with age, and according to AllAboutVision, this happens around one to three degrees per decade and results in a loss of peripheral vision.

Apart from this, eye diseases tend to be more prevalent among seniors, especially cataracts. Cataract statistics in people over 65 are scary, and according to Mayo Clinic half of all Americans who have surpassed this age have "some degree of cataract formation in their eyes." The good news? The surgeries are effective and usually full vision is restored.

It's recommended by the American Optometric Association to schedule an appointment for an eye examination with your optometrist every two years when between the ages of 41 to 60, as this can help determine problems with your vision.

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