Adult Vision-2Adult Vision: 41 to 59 Years

One of the biggest changes to occur in this age group is the development of presbyopia. This is the physiological change naturally occurs which causes the eye to lose its ability to focus. It is relatable to a zoom lens on a camera not being able to zoom in and out as easily or quickly as it did previously. This is what causes people whom have enjoyed perfect distance vision to find themselves needing reading glasses, or those whom are nearsighted to have to take their glasses off to read. Although currently there is no perfect solution to this problem, there are many options, which can make this quite manageable from contact lens correction to refractive surgery options. What is not recommended is self-diagnosing with over the counter reading glasses. These should not be used unless given the ok by your doctor. Use of the wrong correction can cause eyestrain and headaches. Also a thorough evaluation is warranted to make the blurry vision is in fact simple presbyopia, and not an underlying eye disease.

This is also a time where early clinical signs of eye disease may be evident. These may occur with no change to the vision from the patient’s perspective. As with any medical condition early detection it always best. For this reason annual eye examinations are vital in maintaining healthy sight.

Dry eye syndrome is also a problem that increases in this time frame, especially with post-menopausal women. This is a usually a chronic condition which left untreated can cause significant discomfort in day to day life. Thankfully there is much research being conducted in this area which is leading to a better understanding of the condition as well as newer treatments being developed. A dry eye consultation allows us the time to understand the cause of each individual’s dry eye and design a treatment plan accordingly. Nutrition can play a significant role in dry eye also. Supplementation with the omega-3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA can help reduce the inflammation associated with dry eye and may also help with prevention of other retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Also they are great for the body as a whole as they help support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. A dosage of at least 500 to 1000mg per day is recommended. It is always advised to check with your primary health provider before beginning any fatty acid supplementation as they do have blood-thinning properties.

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Adult Vision: 41 to 59 Years