Anti aging guide

How Vision Changes with Age



Improving visual age-related changes

Age-related changes to our vision include an increased chance of developing cataract (clouding of the lens of the eye), macular degeneration and an increased sensitivity to glare. It doesn’t end there. With the passage of time, the lenses of the eyes become less elastic, resulting in presbyopia (long sightedness). This is good news if you suffer from myopia, because the two conditions cancel each other out and the result will (hopefully) be an improvement of vision.

What you can do to improve visual age-related changes:

Have your eyes regularly checked by an optician. If you do need glasses, wear them and have them checked every now and then.

Older drivers are particularly affected by glare, especially at night. To protect your eyes you may need to use special anti-glare glasses while driving. (Some people, however, do not find these glasses helpful.)

To improve concentration and eye discrimination while you observe something, re-run the details of the scenery or the events in your mind after a few minutes to make sure that you remember the details.

A varied, balanced diet will make a positive difference to your eyes. Go for food high in antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, beta carotene, bilberry extracts and pycnogenol.

Give your eyes a rest every so often. If you use a computer screen or watch television for too long, either close your eyes for a few minutes, or, better, turn your eyes towards empty space and let your gaze wander without fixing on anything in particular.

Avoid visual routine. Look at something which is coloured differently from your usual environment. If you have to live in a place which is painted white or dull grey, try looking at bright, dazzling colours every now and then. Do the opposite if you live in a very colourful environment.

Illuminate yourself. The eyes of a healthy 60-year-old need three times as much light as those of a 20-year-old.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm