Learn About Vision Changes in Your 40s

visioninyour40s For some people, the reality of hitting the so-called “middle age” doesn’t arrive with the first appearance of a few gray hairs; it occurs when their ability to focus on the written word requires them to hold the newspaper further away to read or to take off their glasses to read better up close. The staff at our laser eye center in Orlando cares about you and the impact these vision changes can cause. Keep in mind that, typically, these types of changes occur at some point during your 40s, but they are not limited to that decade of life. Magruder Laser Vision wants you to fully understand why you may begin noticing these changes, and what to expect as you grow older.

Subtle changes occur in your eyes as you age as they do throughout the rest of your body. Both the onset of these changes and the accompanying symptoms are unique to each individual. Some folks experience symptoms in their late 30s while others may not notice any changes until they are into their 50s. You may notice that you require additional light to be able to read comfortably or you may be observing that you are affected by a glare when driving at night when you’ve never experienced that before. Your eyes may seem unusually dry, which is indicative of your body’s inability to produce tears as it once did. This can result in the eyes feeling irritated and itchy. You may also begin noticing that you are not able to distinguish colors as easily as you used to. This symptom is caused by the typically clear lens of your eye beginning to discolor.

Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome, or what we used to presbyopia, is the medical term associated with these changes in your eye, and it can continue to worsen as you age. Historically, patients who self-diagnosed corrected this problem by picking up a pair of over the counter “readers” and went on with life. Those seeking a medical opinion were typically diagnosed with presbyopia and were prescribed bifocal or multifocal lenses under the care of an eye physician. Listen as Doc Brock details the process best in this video.

In addition to presbyopia, the risk of developing other age-related eye diseases increases. It is important that you have your eyes examined by an eye doctor if you begin to notice changes in your vision. Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can begin to appear at this time of life and treatment of these issues should begin immediately to help prevent loss of vision and to better manage the condition.

As Doc Brock mentioned in the video, happily, there are more opportunities for patients with presbyopia to improve or restore their vision. The staff at our laser eye center in Orlando wants you to completely understand what happens with your eyes as you age and what options are available to you for treatment. Contact us online, or call us at 407-843-5665, and let Doc Brock and the staff at Magruder Laser Vision help you to clearer vision. We are Magruder Laser Vision — Correcting Eyes. Changing Lives.