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How does your age effect your eye health?

If you are age 20-30 for eye health : There is more of a demand on people’s eyes now between work, extracurricular activities, studying, or in a work place, each placing varying demands on your vision. Dr Shwom states, “These activities, have increased the need for both vocational and life style eyewear specific to the types of tasks or activities that you are doing.” Vocational eyewear includes any eyewear that can be efficiently used in the environment you are in daily.

patient image1 (37)If you are age 40-50 for eye health: If you are among the 85 million Baby Boomers in the United States and Canada (born between 1946 and 1964), you’ve probably noticed your eyes have changed. Most notably, presbyopia – the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability – usually becomes a problem in our 40’s, requiring new vision correction solutions. Dr Shwom states, “Progressive Addition Lenses (lenses with multiple focusing power )are a solution. New types of digitally surfaced lenses with a multitude of coatings for glare and ultraviolet protection are available.”

patient eye examFor 60 and older eye health: Just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also exhibit an age-related decline in performance – particularly as we reach our 60's and beyond. Some age-related eye changes are perfectly normal, but others may signal a disease process. Dr Shwom states the “It is important to recognize signs and symptoms, and perhaps even more important to mitigate the effects of aging with some simple and common-sense strategies. A visit to your eyecare professional yearly is a must. People with underlying health issues, such as diabetes or hypertension need to pay more attention to vision changes and report them when they occur.”