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Learn Why Your Vision Prescriptions Change As You Age

Aging is a natural part of life for everyone and brings about many physical changes. Often vision problems are easily overlooked by many because they can occur so gradual over a period of time you tend to overlook the symptoms or not keep up with routine exams with your eye doctor.

For this reason it is important for a person to have an annual exam with our Durham eye doctors to check for any change in vision or age-related vision problems.

Many people start to notice a change in their eyesight after age 40. This is often due to a condition called presbyopia, which is caused by the lenses in the eyes hardening with age, a natural occurrence. This makes it difficult for a person to do things close up, such as reading. Someone who notices difficulty doing close work or reading should see his or her optometrists in Durham for an annual exam to maintain the best eye health possible. 

In addition, often as a person ages he or she will need a different prescription for one eye than the other. This is caused by anisometropia. This condition of the eye occurs when the refractive powers in the eyes are not the same, simply meaning different degrees of nearsightedness from one eye to the other. This condition occurs in 30% of the population over the age of 75, but is not limited to that age group alone. It is not at all uncommon for a patient to have varying prescriptions from one eye to the next. 

There are other eye conditions that can occur with age including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. By seeing our Durham eye doctors on a routine basis a person will be able to maintain the best eye health possible. 

If a person notes any change in his or her vision they should see optometrists in Durham for an eye exam to see what measures can be taken to restore eye health to an optimal state. 

Aging is not an option, but good eye care is. For more information about age related eye concerns and eye diseases, please contact one of our Durham eye doctors to schedule an appointment so you can maintain the highest level of eye health possible as you age.

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