What just happened to my vision (?) Presbyopia did. Although it’s never fun to realize we’re getting older, it can be comforting to know that presbyopia will affect nearly everyone as they reach their 40s and beyond. Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have always had crystal clear vision, presbyopia won’t discriminate. It’s simply a part of the aging process, much like gray hair or laugh lines.
The truth is, there can be many explanations for your blurry vision. From refractive errors to dry eye or even the beginnings of eye disease, many conditions start out with similar symptoms. Learn more about why your vision might be changing and the importance of seeing your eye doctor.
If your senior years are rapidly approaching – or whizzing by in the rear-view mirror – you might fear renewing your Florida driver’s license. Especially if your vision or driving habits have changed. Patients are often anxious when it comes time to renew their driver’s license, admits Dr. S Rana, Board-Certified ophthalmologist for St Lucie
Daily schedules are dramatically changed when we travel. It’s one of the reasons we go in the first place. Planning ahead to prevent dry eye will help your eyes adjust comfortably to new environments and activities plus save aggravation when you arrive. Think about if you will need extra contact lenses? Reading glasses? Sunglasses? Artificial tears? Prepare for clear eyes ahead.
Always err on the side of caution when it comes to your vision. Many mild symptoms can mimic those of more serious eye diseases and permanently damage vision if left untreated. Notify your eye doctor immediately if you notice sudden changes or have an eye injury. Your ophthalmologist will help evaluate and triage your symptoms.
Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss in older adults. If you are over age 60, it’s important to get a dilated eye exam every year. Today’s cataract surgery has many options; from traditional or laser-assisted procedures to multi-focal and astigmatism correcting replacement lenses.
Talk to your ophthalmologist about your expectations after cataract surgery in order to choose the most effective options for your lifestyle.