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Unexpected Vision Changes of Your Aging Eyes | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Amy Chang

The eyes are very important as we all know and we heavily rely on them to do everyday things.  It is no wonder that people often become nervous if they experience changes in their vision.  There are a few things that people often come in worried about, that are related to normal aging changes to the eyes and I thought that for today’s blog we would go over them.

Floaters 

They are translucent “squiggly” lines that appear in your vision.  This is a result of aging of the vitreous humor of your eyes (the clear gelatin like substance that fills your eyes).  For some people this aging process happens earlier in life, many people who are nearsighted experience small floaters in their vision.  The other group of people who experience this are in their late forties and up.  People who did not ever have floaters as a young adult, are often distraught when this happens to them.  But in reality, this happens to everyone, eventually.  What should you do if you experience floaters?  Pay attention to when it started, which eye it is in, whether you see flashes of light with it, and make an appointment with your doctor.  Although this is a normal aging change, in a very small population of patients, this could indicate a more serious eye condition, so it is always highly recommended that you come in for a dilated eye examination.

For a little humor, watch this clip : Family guy-Stewie – Squiggly Line

Glare

You might start to notice that your night time vision is not as clear as it used to be, and may also be experiencing some light rays extending out of lamp posts, traffic lights, etc..   This often occurs in people who are in their late 50’s and older and is likely related to aging changes in the Lens of your eye.  Now you may not be formally diagnosed with Cataracts, but the clarity of your lens may not be as clear as it was when you were younger.  The decreased clarity of your lens may be due to many factors, one factor is ultraviolet radiation (or UV) most commonly from the sun.  Also diet, and other health problems such as diabetes can affect the lens of the eye, smoking as well.  If you are noticing some mild non-debilitating glare this may be what is going on.  If this is bothersome to you, your doctor can prescribe ultra clear anti-glare lenses and tints that may help you see better at night.

 

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