Cataracts and other age-related vision problems
As you age, so do your eyes. You might find that you have difficulty reading small print or that you need brighter lighting at your desk. Eye conditions that could lead to more-serious vision problems also become more common with age.
Consider cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. Most cataracts develop slowly and don't disturb eyesight early on. At first, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. Eventually cataracts can cause blurry vision and interfere with daily activities, such as night driving and distinguishing colors. However, even with advanced cataracts, vision can usually be restored with surgery.
Vision with macular degeneration
Depending on the type, age-related macular degeneration might cause:
- Visual distortions, such as straight lines seeming bent
- A general haziness in your overall vision
- A well-defined blurry spot or blind spot in your vision
If you notice changes in your central vision or other signs and symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, see your eye doctor. There's no treatment to reverse dry macular degeneration, but a healthy diet and nutritional supplements might slow progression of the condition. Treatment options for wet macular degeneration might include medication or laser therapy. Low-vision rehabilitation therapy may be helpful for both types of macular degeneration.