Age and Vision
Your eyesight starts to change from the moment you are born. This is a natural process and two thirds of the population wear spectacles or contact lenses to help them see better.
You are much more likely to need some form of vision correction as you get older. Many people find they need glasses for reading from their mid-40s onwards. Whereas only a third of people under the age of 35 wear spectacles, nearly everyone will need glasses by the time they are 65.
Age can sometimes affect your sight in more serious ways. In later life you are more likely to experience a medical problem which restricts your vision. Glaucoma, for example, is much more common in those over 40, while cataracts and macular degeneration mainly occur in people over 60.
Taking the Time
We understand the concerns that many people have about their eyesight as they get older. So when you visit our practice, you can be sure that we will examine your eyes thoroughly and take time to answer any questions you might have about your vision.
If your eyesight is getting worse, it doesn't necessarily mean you have a serious problem, you probably just need new glasses.
Good eyesight is essential for the full enjoyment of life at any age. Regular eye examinations are important for everyone, but especially for people aged over 60 and children and are free under the NHS.