As the first wave of millennials prepares to enter their 40s, it is important to begin thinking about eye care. Even if you do not have a preexisting refractive error, presbyopia will soon become an unavoidable reality. Common issues such as dry eyes or computer vision syndrome may also become more pronounced with age, and the steps you take now to address these issues can help prevent more serious vision problems later in life.
You May Need Glasses
Presbyopia is a hardening of the eye’s natural lens. This causes difficulties seeing up close and may interfere with reading and other tasks that require near vision. It is not uncommon for people to need reading glasses beginning at age 40. If your vision has diminished, an eye exam can easily determine if reading glasses or progressive lenses would be useful in your case.
Prevention is the Best Cure
Presbyopia is unavoidable, however, many eye diseases and disorders can be prevented or delayed through smart lifestyle choices. These include:
- Wear Quality Sunglasses. UV rays increase risks for cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal swelling, and keratitis. Sunglasses with full UV protection can reduce these risks
- Do Not Smoke. Smoking increases risks for macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and eye irritation
- Eat Good Food. A diet high in fruits and vegetables but low in sugar, simple carbs, and saturated fats can help delay vision loss brought about by macular degeneration and retinal issues
- Visit the Eye Doctor. Changes in vision are often slow to progress. Visiting the eye doctor regularly allows for problems like glaucoma to be detected early on, and for swift intervention to prevent vision loss
Consider Laser Vision Correction
If you have grown tired of contact lenses and glasses, you may be a good candidate for LASIK or PRK. These laser vision correction procedures can provide freedom from prescription eyewear – even presbyopia to an extent – and may allow you to live glasses-free well into middle age. During your next appointment, we can discuss laser vision correction to help you determine if it’s the right fit for you.
Call 845-454-1025 to schedule your next appointment at our Fishkill or Poughkeepsie location.