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The Aging Eye

Changes Brought About by the Aging Eye

People rely on sight more than any other sense to function and at the same time, to appreciate and enjoy life.  But with age, vision changes naturally and people end up experiencing various factors as enumerated below by Prevent Blindness America.

  • The eyes need more light to see.
  • It becomes harder to tell the difference between some colors, particularly shades of blue and green.
  • It becomes more difficult to focus on things that are near.
  • Adjusting to glare and darkness can become more difficult.

  • There are also more signs of vision loss as exhibited by various activities and behaviors below, taken from the AFB Senior Site:

    Moving Around

  • Constantly bumping into objects and things
  • Having difficulty walking on irregular or uneven surfaces
  • Stepping hesitantly
  • Going up and down the stairs slowly and cautiously
  • Shuffling feet
  • Brushing against the walls while walking
  • Missing objects by under-reaching or over-reaching

  • Everyday Activities

  • Discontinuing or doing certain activities differently such as reading, watching television, driving, walking, or engaging in hobbies
  • Squinting or tilting the head to the side to focus on an object
  • Having difficulty identifying faces or objects
  • Having difficulty locating personal objects even in a familiar environment
  • Reaching out for objects in an uncertain manner
  • Experiencing trouble identifying colors
  • Selecting clothing in unusual combinations of colors or patterns

  • Eating and Drinking

  • Having trouble getting food onto a fork
  • Having difficulty cutting food or serving from a serving dish
  • Spilling food off the plate while eating
  • Pouring liquids over the top of a cup or drinking glass
  • Knocking over glasses while reaching across the table for another item

    Reading and Writing 

  • Ceasing to read mail, newspapers, or books
  • Holding reading material very close to the face or at a certain angle
  • Writing less clearly and having trouble writing on a line
  • Finding lighting that was previously sufficient, inadequate for reading and accomplishing other activities

    Prevent Aging Eyes Naturally

    According to Dr. Mark Rosenberg of the Institute for Healthy Aging, below are some tips on how to slow down, or even reverse, some aging eye conditions:

  • Eat a vision-friendly diet
    • Lots of leafy green and yellow vegetables
    • Decrease (better to avoid) saturated fats found in fried foods, red meat and hydrogenated oils (transfats)
    • Decrease amount of sugar intake as more than 11 teaspoons a day can dehydrate the eyes
        1. Take nutritional supplements
        2. Quit smoking as it greatly speeds up eye aging and damages the eye through chemical exposure to smoke
        3. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses and hats with visors
        4. Control one’s health
        5. Have regular eye examinations
        6. Lubricate often, as dry eyes cannot only be uncomfortable, they can lead to other eye conditions
        7. Decrease computer use and give the eyes some rest
        8. Exercise the eyes in order to decrease eye strain and re-energize tired eyes
          • Figure 8’s – roll the eyes in the pattern of the number 8 to the count of 10
          • Palming – rub the palms together briskly until they get warm and put hands across the eyes and rest that way for a few minutes