Lenses For Seniors

What To Look For In Glasses When You’re Over 60

As you age, your eyes age with you. Even if you’ve worn glasses all your life your glasses need to function for the changing nature of your vision. Aging of your eyes may mean that you now need different characteristics in your glasses to ensure they meet all your needs.

There are a number of eye conditions and diseases that may develop as you age, these can have an impact on your vision overall. For example cataracts.can increase light sensitivity so you may want prescription sunglasses. It is not always possible to prevent symptoms of aging in our eyes but by being aware you can select lenses to help alleviate their affects.

  • Symptoms of aging eyes

Symptoms Of Aging Eye Problems

Once you hit your forties most people start to have difficulty reading, whether they wear glasses already or not. People often think that simple reading glasses are the best solution but with 50 now the new 40 and so on, there are many other types of lenses that are better matched to today's seniors. Our ability to read continues to change after 40, that's why, since the late 1980's, Varilux lenses have made sure that as you age the lens design changes with you to maximise your vision so shifting from one pair to the next is as seamless as possible.

In addition to symptoms such as sensitivity to light, our contrast sensitivity tends to reduce making it more difficult to see and complete tasks in low light conditions. Specific properties in some Varilux lenses, plus the use of anti-reflection coatings like Crizal Sapphire UV, help to enhance contrast particularly at night. Dry eye is also more prevalent as we age this can lead to irritated, red eyes. 

  • Lenses for seniors UV protection

Glasses for Light Sensitivity And UV Protection

As we age, light sensitivity or photophobia can make certain tasks uncomfortable or even lead to symptoms like headaches. Photochromic lenses like the well known brand Transitions, not only change tint to match the surrounding light conditions but also offer 100% UV protection. While it is always better to start wearing UV protection early in life, it's never too late to start.

Prescription sunglasses with Xperio polarising lenses reduce the amount of light but also cut reflected glare off roads, water, car bonnets etc. Remember about 5-10% of all skin cancers occur on the delicate skin around your eyes, so while cutting glare is important, giving your eyes UV protection is equally so. Some anti-reflection coatings, like Crizal Sapphire UV, when applied to your lenses, protect your eyes from UV rays that can reflect off the back of your lenses as you are walking or facing away from the sun. This piece of technology means Crizal UV lenses carry the Cancer Council stamp in Australia and the Cancer Society label in New Zealand.

Managing your Eyes as you Age

Even though presbyopia is most common eye condition as we age, there are a range of things to be aware of so you can keep your eyes healthy for years to come.

Besides presbyopia, some other vision problems to pay attention to are:

  • check for glaucoma by having your eye pressures checked, particularly if someone in your family has the condition
  • dry eye syndrome - this can be a very debilitating condition but caught early and managed properly symptoms can be dramatically reduced
  • check your macula - the Macula Disease Foundation recommends that you ask your optometrist every time you have your eyes tested to check your macula
  • If you are seeing eye floaters--little spots in your vision--these can be just a normal part of aging but they can also be a sign of a condition known as a vitreous detachment.
  • type 1 & type 2 diabetes as well other general health problems like high blood pressure, can cause vision symptoms - so retinal photography and a thorough internal examination of your eyes is crucial to rule out any problems

What You Can Do

We always recommend seeing your local optometrist to discuss anything about your eyes and eyesight, it's the easiest way to ensure you have the best vision possible and your ocular health is good.

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