Vision Over 40
It is natural after age 40 for near vision to change. You will notice you are not able to focus as quickly or as sharply on objects that are close. This could be due to an eye disorder known as presbyopia. You may develop headaches, eye strain or feel fatigued when performing near work such as sewing, handwriting, or reading. When your arms just aren’t long enough anymore to read a book, newspaper or restaurant menu, it is time to consider reading glasses. A visit to your Clarkson Eyecare optometrist or ophthalmologist will get you fitted for the right pair.
Do I need an eye exam?
Yes. Because the inability to focus up close is natural to the aging process, you may feel it is not necessary to have a comprehensive eye exam. However, changes in vision can signal more than just the need for a new pair of reading glasses. It can be an indication of a more serious problem with your eyes.
Early detection is key to a positive outcome. Some conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration can lead to blindness if left untreated.
Glaucoma has no symptoms at first and is one of the leading causes of blindness.
If you already wear corrective lenses, it makes sense for good eye health to consult your eye doctor when you notice a need for a change in your prescription. Schedule an appointment at one of our many locations today.
Contact lenses over 40
Baby Boomers may very well be increasing the number of contact lens wearers beyond eyeglass wearers, but there are those over 40 who find that wearing contacts is a challenge. As you age, you may experience dry eye which may cause discomfort with the use of contacts. And those who wear contacts for distance vision may discover that presbyopia presents new vision correction issues. During your eye exam, your eye doctor can guide you toward the best option for your specific needs to help keep you wearing contacts and live glasses-free.
If you find that you have difficulty reading your phone, computer or other electronic device, but don’t want the hassle of reaching for readers for every single text message, contacts may be the best solution. Ask your eye doctor about the latest technologies in vision correction and find out about your options.