EYE TEST TRIGGERS
MORE ON EYE AM HEALTHY
EYE HEALTH BY AGE
As you get older, the signs that indicate that you’re in need of a visit to the optometrist can change as much as you do. To help you and your family optimise your vision, use this simple guide to discover some of the key signs to watch out for from your twenties to twilight.
OPSM Senior Optometrists Giuliana Baggoley looks into what common changes in vision to look for.
While this guide can help you spot some of the signals that you need an eye test, we recommend regularly consulting your optometrist depending on your eye health needs. If you’re having any concerns about your eye health, or if it’s been a while since your last eye test, you can book online.
COMMON CHANGES IN VISION TO LOOK FOR
From the end of high school and throughout your twenties, prescriptions may still fluctuate or change rapidly based on your work and study habits. Vision while driving is a common trigger moment where people in their 20s notice changes in their vision. With your 20s being synonymous with an adventurous and more active lifestyle, it’s important to seek advice if you’re noticing any major changes in your vision.
As we start to settle down in our 30s, changes in diet and lifestyle like pregnancy and career movements can influence your eyes. With lifestyle fluctuations there are a lot of things to consider like family, friends and even diet meaning it can be easy to overlook your ocular health. If you’re going through a big change, like having a baby to moving overseas, check in with an optometrist to keep your vision in check.
As you get older, the risk of developing eye conditions such as glaucoma increases, therefore eye health should be a priority. Health issues affecting your body such as diabetes and hypertension can also lead to vision issues, meaning many in this age group seek assistance with near vision. Adjusting your prescription for your environment is the best way to make sure you’re seeing as clearly as possible.
With an empty nest and a countdown to retirement, many people in their 50s pick up hobbies that require specific visual correction. From golf and cycling to craftier pursuits like painting and even reading, it’s important to update your prescription for your changing lifestyle. At this age it is also important to check your eye health, specifically the health of your macula.
Many major eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts become increasingly common with age. Driving and reading are key moments where people start to notice their vision changing and optometrists can help offer advice beyond prescriptions. Even if there are subtle changes to your vision it is important to consult regularly with your optometrist.