Changing eyesight is a normal part of growing older. Even if your vision has never needed correcting, your ability to focus will eventually deteriorate due to presbyopia, or ‘old eyes'. This usually begins in the early to mid-40s.
The lens loses elasticity, so it is less able to focus on close objects. As a result, we typically have difficulty reading small print and we may need to hold reading material at arm's length.
Other eye health symptoms to look out for include headache and eye strain when doing ‘close work' (e.g. reading, sewing and writing), blurry vision and eye fatigue.
Watching TV and driving are not considered ‘close work', therefore you should not wear reading glasses for these activities. Using a computer is classed as middle distance, so reading glasses should not be worn initially but, as presbyopia worsens, help may be needed.
How often do I need to have my eyes tested?
Regular checks are vital to ensure your prescription is correct. Most people need the normal two-yearly check. Some opticians will recommend a check every 12 months if changes are occurring and for people who have other conditions, such as diabetes or glaucoma.
Unlike teeth, eyes do not normally let you know in an obvious way when something is wrong.
Regular eye tests are important because the sooner a vision problem is detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment - this is particularly true with young children and those over 50.
Nutritional supplements that have been linked to maintaining good eye health are available in many fruits, vegetables and foods however if you need an additional vitamin & mineral boost please visit your local pharmacy and ask your pharmacist, for advice.
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