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How our Eyes Change as we Age

Just like your body, your eyes and vision change over time. While not everyone will experience the same symptoms, the following are common things to expect of your eyes in each decade!

20s and 30s

Most adults in their 20s and 30s have healthy eyes and can manage and treat vision problems with corrective glasses or contact lenses. But it's never too early to start preserving your eye health- wearing sunglasses, eating right and not smoking will help to preserve sight at any age.


While being proactive and taking preventative measures are critical to maintaining healthy eyes, beginning in the early to mid-40s, many people start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. This is one of the most common eye concerns that adults develop between ages 41 to 60. This normal change in the eye's focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to decline over time.


The risk of developing a age-related eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, will naturally increase as we age. Glaucoma is one disease that is particularly important to be aware of and look for at this stage of life as the harmful effects can increase in later years if it's not managed right away.


While cataracts are technically classified as an age-related eye disease, the condition is so common among older individuals, that they're considered a normal part of the aging process. Essentially, cataracts will happen to all of us if we live long enough. This impairment of the lens is caused by tiny clusters of protein molecules, which block light and dim your vision.

No matter what your age, always monitor your vision changes, make healthy lifestyle and dietary choices, and see your eye doctor for yearly eye exams to keep your eyes healthy for years to come!