It is undeniable that every birthday we celebrate brings additional changes to the body, including changes in our vision. Dr. Beth R. Friedland’s patients are familiar with typical age-related vision issues, such as needing glasses for reading and crafts, but other age-related vision changes aren’t so well known. Although none of the changes listed below are life threatening, it’s good to know why things look different than they did years ago. The Triangle area’s Park Ophthalmology helps clients understand how vision changes through the years.
Five important facts about age and vision from Beth R. Friedland M.D.:
- Distinguishing colors: One of the lesser known changes to vision is the ability to distinguish colors. Colors that are more difficult to tell apart include navy blue, brown and black; blue, green and purple; and pink, yellow and pale green, according to org, a resource of the American Foundation for the Blind.
- Less contrast: Aging eyes also have less ability to notice subtle changes in contrast. For example, when all the elements in a room are the same color as the walls, the eyes have more difficulty picking out individual objects.
- Depth perception: Vital to tasks such as driving, walking and sports, depth perception also decreases with age. This manifests itself in trouble negotiating uneven terrain, stairs and curbs. VisionAware.org notes that shadows can be mistaken for objects or drop-offs.
- Task lighting: Aging eyes benefit from additional task lighting. It’s common for someone middle aged to need three to four times as much task lighting as a young adult.
- Light condition adjustment: Whether it’s leaving a dark movie theater and the bright afternoon sunshine or going from bright light to a darky lit room, many people notice that it takes longer for their eyes to adjust to the change, possibly as much as three times longer than for a younger person.
Although the above examples are typical age-related vision changes, Dr. Friedland encourages anyone concerned about eye health to contact Park Ophthalmology for an exam. Dr. Friedland and her helpful staff have a wealth of suggestions and tips, plus effective treatments for vision changes. Call today for an appointment.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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