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Common age-related vision problems

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Similar to the way our bodies change as we age, our eyes and vision go through changes, too. Be aware of these common vision problems that tend to peak during a particular life stage — along with symptoms to watch for and treatment options.

Age Vision Change Symptom Treatment
Infant Strabismus, also known as lazy-eye, can be corrected if detected early Eyes do not appear properly aligned Surgery or vision therapy
Childhood Myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism are common (and often hereditary) issues that can be corrected quickly with prescription lenses Squinting, headaches, holding items too close to face Prescription lenses
Teens Through Young Adult Digital eye strain can lead to tired, dry eyes and blurry vision Strained, dry or tired eyes, headaches Limit screen time, move farther away from screens, take frequent breaks, and use desk lighting to reduce glare
After 40 Presbyopia is a normal and very common vision change Difficulty seeing things up close, hard to perform close-up tasks Reading glasses, bifocals, multifocal contact lenses or laser surgery
After 50 Cataracts can affect one or both eyes Hazy or blurred vision Cataracts can be treated with surgery
After 60 Glaucoma can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss Halos, blurry vision and eye pain, or sometimes no symptoms at all Glaucoma can often be treated with surgery or medicated eye drops


Tips to help maintain healthy eyes and vision

  • Protect your eyes while in the sun
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or operating machinery
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Schedule an eye exam at least every two years

No matter your age or life stage, it's important to schedule regular eye exams so your doctor can check for any vision changes and symptoms of eye disease. Remember that your CareCredit credit card can help cover expenses remaining after insurance coverage.* Use the Provider Locator to find an optometrist near you who accepts your CareCredit card.

*Subject to credit approval.

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