Once you reach your 40s, you’ll start to have problems reading small print such as a newspaper or texts on your phone.
Gradually your reading vision decreases to the point that you need to purchase a pair of reading glasses. This is a condition known as presbyopia and it happens to
everyone at some stage in their 40's or 50's. Fortunately, there are surgical options to reduce your dependency on glasses.
At this age, it's also wise to pay more attention to your eye health. For example, there are a number of foods that can help you to cut your risk of developing an eye disorder, including oily fish such as salmon, leafy greens like spinach and golden coloured vegetables such as pumpkin and yellow capsicum.
The muscle around the natural lens of the eye can change the shape of the lens of the eye allowing you to focus from distance to near. As you age the lens gradually stiffens and as the muscle can’t flex the lens as much, your near focus becomes weaker.
Fortunately, there are several procedures that can help you reduce your dependency on glasses. If you're in your 40's, monovision may be the answer. If you're in your 50's, and have no signs of cataracts, a refractive lens exchange could be right for you. Learn more.
Sometimes called a clear lens exchange or a refractive lens exchange, this procedure is exactly the same as cataract surgery. The only difference is that the lens is replaced for vision correction rather than cataracts. Learn more.
This procedure involves your surgeon adjusting one eye for distance viewing and the other for near vision. The brain then takes over and 'blends' sight, thus allowing clear vision at both levels of focus. Learn more about monovision.
If you have a family history of glaucoma, you should have regular eye check-ups. It's important to diagnose this disease in the early stages – that way, you can retain your best possible sight. Find out more about glaucoma.