As we grow older we begin to notice our body requiring a little more support than it once did, including with our eyesight. It is important to know what happens to your eyesight as we age and to book regular optician appointments to keep it in check. If you have any concerns with your eyesight, please address them with your optician for the right guidance.

What Happens to Your Eyesight as We Age?

At certain ages, it is common for certain issues to appear with your eyesight. Continue reading to find out more.


As we age, the lenses of our eyes can lose some of their flexibility which can make it more of a challenge to focus on close up objects. This is known as Presbyopia and is one of the reasons why many people in the ages of mid 40s – 50s require reading glasses. Many people also look into multifocal contact lenses or a combination of these with reading glasses, depending on what is most comfortable for them and their lifestyle.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a common condition and typically first affects people in their 50s and 60s. It can affect the middle part of your vision and can cause the following symptoms:

  • a blurred or distorted area in your vision
  • difficulty seeing in the centre of your vision
  • straight lines appear wavy or crooked
  • objects may look smaller than usual
  • colours appear less bright than they once did
  • seeing things that are not there

For more information on Age-Related Macular Degeneration, you can visit our blog post.

Age-Related Cataracts

While we are young, the lenses of our eyes are often very clear, so we are able to see through them. However, as we age they can become more frosted which can possibly restrict your vision. Cataracts are when your eye lens develops a cloudy patch, which can grow bigger and consequently cause blurry vision and blindness.

While cataracts can affect babies and young children, they are most common in older adults.

How Do I Know If I Need Glasses?

“How do I know if I need glasses?” – a question that may hover over many people when they begin to notice small changes to their vision. If you are questioning if you need glasses, your best option is to book an eye test, so an optician can inform you if you would benefit from wearing glasses.

Until your appointment, here are a few symptoms to refer to when you are thinking “how do I know if I need glasses?”

  • Struggling to focus on close up objects or objects in the distance
  • Needing to hold things further away to be able to read smaller print
  • Experiencing double vision
  • Experiencing vision which is distorted or blurry
  • Experiencing headaches, visual fatigue or eye strain – especially when you are working behind a screen
  • Struggling to see or drive during the night time
  • Feeling like you need to squint your eyes to see more clearly
  • Struggling to adjust your vision between different distances

If you notice any of the above symptoms, or are concerned about your eyesight in any way, book an eye test with us.

Book an Eye Test

If you were curious about what happens to your eyesight as we age, we hope we have answered your question. While it can be unusual as you gradually see your eyesight lose some of its focus, it is common with age. The important thing is to take care of your eyes as much as you can, including booking a regular eye test with your optician and following their guidance.

To book an eye test with us, contact our team on 01905 613020.

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