Eyesight and the effects of time
Just like any other part of your body, your eyes also change over time, and just like the aches and pains associated with age, these changes aren’t necessarily harmful.
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The most notable change associated with age is the loss of the ability to focus on nearby things. In a young person, the lens is more flexible and can change its shape to focus instantly to any distance (like a camera autofocus). With age, the lens becomes less elastic or able to change shape and loses the ability to focus on nearby things. Of course, this isn’t a serious problem as reading glasses can easily resolve this.
Age also causes changes in the consistency of the vitreous humor. This is sometimes accompanied with symptoms such as “light flashes” and “floaters”. Flashes disappear within a few days, but spots can remain for months or even stay for life. This can be unpleasant, but it isn’t a serious problem, although sometimes this condition can be a symptom of a retinal problem, which could culminate in loss of vision, and therefore, if you feel any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with an ophthalmologist immediately.
Some types of macular degeneration also seem to be age-related. The most important warning sign is visual distortion. A symptom of macular disease is when straight lines are seen undulated or with curves, which can be observed better with an “Amsler grid”. If you notice that you can’t see straight lines, we recommend visiting an ophthalmologist immediately. Laser treatment helps in some cases, but whichever the treatment, early treatment is always best.