Women and Aging: Understanding Vision Changes and Strategies

Women and Aging: Understanding Vision Changes and Strategies

Let’s face it, as we get older, things start to change – and that includes our vision. But it’s not all doom and gloom!

This guide is here to help you:

  1. Understand these changes,
  2. Manage them effectively, and
  3. Continue to see the world clearly throughout your life.

 

Vision Changes and Hormones

Ever feel like your eyes are extra dry and irritated?

That’s because hormonal shifts during perimenopause and menopause can throw your vision for a loop!

As your oestrogen levels fluctuate, your tear production can get disrupted, leading to dry eye disease.

You might also experience common eye problems with age, such as temporary blurriness or increased sensitivity to light.

But the good news is, these changes are usually temporary and improve as your hormones settle down.

 

Common signs of aging eyes

  • Difficult focusing on near objects (age-related presbyopia): This is a very common experience, affecting most people over 40. You might find yourself holding reading materials further away or needing brighter light to see clearly.
  • Changes in night vision: Dim lighting situations may seem more challenging to navigate.
  • Loss of peripheral vision: This is a common symptom of aging eyes that can affect around 13% of people over 45.
  • Loss in central vision or distortions of straight lines: If door frames or fences appear wavy, schedule an immediate appointment with a specialist. This could be a symptom of Age-Related Macular Degeneration — a leading cause of age-related vision loss. Early detection and treatment are crucial for managing AMD and preserving vision.

     

    Here’s the key: don’t ignore any vision changes!

    If you experience anything sudden or worrisome, like wavy lines or central vision loss, schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist to rule out any underlying conditions.

     

    Lifestyle Modifications to Cope With Vision Changes

     6 simple tips to reduce aging vision changes from home

    *Right-click and save this daily checklist so that you remember all the tips!

     

    1) Fuel your eyes with a healthy diet

    Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall eye health.

    Focus on foods rich in vitamins A, C, E, and omega-3 fatty acids. They’ll help reduce eye problems with age.

     

    2) Give your eyes a break

    Reduce eye strain with a break from digital devices like computers and smartphones.

    Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

     

    3) Get moving and stay centered

    Physical activity has numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow to the eyes.

    Many studies suggest that regular meditation can prevent illness and increase brain function.

     

    4) Install bright lamps or home lights

    Brighter light can be your friend for reading and close-up tasks.

    Consider using lamps with adjustable settings or taking advantage of natural light whenever possible.

     

    5) Don’t smoke or vape

    Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in adults.

     

    6) Catch some zzz’s

    During sleep, eyes repair themselves, tears are produced for lubrication, and insufficient sleep can lead to dry eye disease, blurred vision, and even glaucoma.

     

    7) Schedule regular eye exams

    Early detection and treatment as we age is crucial for safeguarding your vision.

    Aim for annual eye exams, or more frequently if recommended by your ophthalmologist.

     

    Feeling like glasses/contacts aren’t enough?

    Here at AccuVision, we specialise in customised Laser Eye Surgery, including Blended Vision Correction. This advanced technique can help many people ditch the glasses or contacts for good! Blended vision creates a personalised vision profile in each eye, allowing you to see clearly at all distances.

    Important to Consider:

    Laser Eye Surgery is not suitable for everyone.

    If you are considering Laser Eye Surgery, a comprehensive consultation with an ophthalmologist experienced in this procedure is crucial.

    They will assess your individual needs and determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

    If not, we can guide you on alternative vision correction strategies depending on your unique needs.

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