Around the age of 40 or above, you can start to see a new change in your vision. This is a natural occurrence and is a result in your near vision starting to deteriorate. Alongside this, it can also be important to understand any signs and symptoms of eye diseases that you could be at risk of later in life.
Adults aged around 40-60 often follow a very active lifestyle, juggling family-life, friends and hobbies. In a connected and fast-paced world, it’s important that you have the right glasses for adults that are on offer to support your lifestyle and provide you with enhanced visual comfort.
The most common eye condition for people around this age is presbyopia; where the lens in your eye begins to thicken or harden and near vision becomes blurry. Even if you have never had a vision problem before you will still experience presbyopia.
Presbyopia in adults
If you begin to notice that objects close up are becoming difficult to read, such as text, your phone or a menu, this is usually the first sign of presbyopia and you may need to update your glasses for adults.
Many adults can feel quite disheartened when they experience presbyopia as it is a sign of ageing, albeit a natural one that everyone will encounter. It is important that you visit your local optician for an eye examination to ensure you are wearing the correct glasses for adults for your visual needs so that you can see clearly at all distances.
Despite this sign of ageing, adults around this age are no doubt still living a very active lifestyle, and it’s key that your glasses support this. Varilux X series lenses are varifocal glasses that can provide true vision and are easy to adapt to. Unlike older models, you no longer have to move your head to find the right spot on the lens; you’re able to see everything with just a gaze.
This is key in varifocal glasses for adults; everything that matters is usually within arm’s reach and is all around you. Being able to capture multiple vision targets with just a gaze means your glasses keep up with your fast-paced, multi-tasking lifestyle. Varilux X series lenses allow for an easy and comfortable visual experience and don’t slow you down.
Finding the right glasses for adults to suit your needs
If you now find that you require varifocal glasses for adults, there are a number of options to enhance your lifestyle. For instance, those who’s daily routine includes office work may require glasses that are tailored for digital activities. Experience optimal visual and postural comfort with Varilux Digitime lenses, and make it easier for your eyes to see small characters. Varilux Digitime corrects presbyopia and your full prescription so you can see clearly. What makes these varifocals special is the optimisation of the lens specifically to your work station; laptop, computer or presentations. The lens will answer the demands of your job and are also optimised for smartphones giving your eyes a little boost when you look at small text.
Similarly, if you spend a lot of time in the car for commuting, transporting or travelling, it’s crucial that you’re wearing the right glasses for adults to ensure everyone’s safety. Varilux Road Pilot lenses can offer large fields of vision to ensure your glasses are suitably optimised for driving. These varifocal lenses are optimised for all vehicles so it doesn’t matter if you drive a motorbike, car or lorry, you know your lenses will provide the best vision for driving.
If you’re looking for glasses that can provide protection from the sun as well as correcting your vision, combine your lens correction with Xperio Polarised technology. Xperio Polarised offer a high level of UV protection for your eyes while eliminating glare caused by roads, water or ice. Providing the ideal solution for travelling and commuting, experience visual clarity with excellent protection and style.
Looking after your eyes
Many eye diseases become apparent in later life, usually aged 60 or above. It is key to be aware of the symptoms and to understand how you can reduce your risk.
Lifestyle choices such as diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and exposure to harmful UV and Blue-Violet light can all contribute to the condition of your eye health(1). Make sure you are attending regular eye examinations as they will not only test your vision but also the health of your eye. If you do begin to notice changes in your vision, see your optician sooner. Glasses are ever more popular with more and more celebrities endorsing them as fashion accessories, not only will you look great wearing glasses but your vision will improve!
Eye conditions and diseases that may impact you in your 40s
As you reach your 40s you may notice your vision changing as the retina becomes less light sensitive. Discover more about eye conditions and diseases that may impact you in your 40s and 50s below.
If you're over 40, you may notice increased glare from the sun reflecting off the windshield when driving, or from headlights at night. You can effectively reduce glare with a lens enhancement that is tailored for reducing reflections. Driving lens enhancements can even reduce up to 90% of reflections.
Tear ducts may deteriorate with age and lose moisture leading to dry and uncomfortable eyes. When your eyes do not make enough effective tears they can become red and sore and even lead to blurred vision. For effective treatment, you should look for an optician who offers a long-lasting solution rather than eye drops which are designed to temporarily alleviate symptoms.
Age-related far-sightedness (Presbyopia)
As mentioned above, presbyopia starts to onset when you reach your 40s. This is due to the stiffening of the muscles in the eye which makes it difficult for the eye to focus on close up objects. Varifocal lenses are used to correct presbyopia by providing clear vision at all distances.
Often a hereditary condition, glaucoma can be symptomless. Damage occurs due to a build-up of pressure when fluid cannot drain from the eye properly.
Cloudy patches develop on the lens of the eye, affecting your vision. Prescription glasses and brighter reading lights may be useful as a short-term measure.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
A gradual loss of central vision due to the deterioration of the macula (part of the retina). There is treatment available to slow its progression.
(1) Eye health relies on various factors (age, genetic, smoking, diet …). Light is one of the modifiable risk factors on which an ophthalmic lens may act. McCarty CA, Taylor HR. A review of the epidemiologic evidence. linking ultraviolet radiation and cataracts. Dev Ophthalmol. 2002; 35:21-31. Sunlight and the 10-year incidence of age-related maculopathy: The Beaver Dam Eye Study. Arch. Ophthalmol., 122, 750-757. New discoveries and therapies in retinal phototoxicity, Serge Picaud et Emilie Arnault, Points de Vue N°68, Spring 2013.