How Vision Changes

January 28th, 2021

Vision Concerns Increase With Age

According to the CDC, 12 million people over 40 in the U.S. have some type of vision impairment. In many cases, the concerns are routine and gradual, such as a change in eyeglass prescription. It’s important for you and your eye doctor to watch for vision changes requiring prompt attention.

Aging Impacts on Eyes

Several vision changes are normal parts of aging, including changes in focus that may lead to glasses use for the first time. Trouble distinguishing colors may occur, especially as cataracts develop, along with difficulty seeing well in dim light.

Correcting Vision Concerns

Glasses or corrective lenses can address many changes in vision involving focusing problems. Many people choose LASIK surgery or Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) instead of corrective lenses for a more convenient, long-lasting vision correction. Other alternatives to these common, laser-based refractive surgeries include Clear Lens Exchange and Visian ICL. Clear Lens Exchange is similar to cataract surgery, but is done before cataract develop, your surgeon will replace that natural, clear lens in your eye to correct refractive errors and prevent the cataracts from developing. With Visian ICL, a lens in implanted front of your eye’s natural lens and acts similarly to contact lens to correct refractive errors.


Age-Related Eye Diseases

As you age, you’re at higher risk for certain eye conditions and diseases that can lead to vision loss or blindness such as retina conditions like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Increased eye pressure can cause nerve damage in a condition called glaucoma, and cataracts can develop, requiring replacement of cloudy, natural eye lenses with clear ones.

Disease Risk Factors

In Colorado, our altitude, with resulting higher UV ray exposure, can affect eye conditions along with other common risk factors such as diet, smoking, lack of exercise, and diabetes.

The Right Eye Care for Each Stage of Your Life

Your ophthalmologist at ICON Eyecare can help you see the moments that matter by keeping up with your regular eye exams. Our team can also offer expert specialist treatment through including personalized cataract and LASIK surgery in greater Denver.

If you’re looking for a top eye doctor in greater Denver, for routine eye care or skilled specialty treatment, call and schedule an appointment with us today to address your eye concerns.