As we get older, just as our bodies, our vision can also change. Many begin to notice subtle changes as they approach their 40’s. While it’s highly recommended for an eye disease screening for all aging adults, it’s important to do so at the age of 40. If you are experiencing any symptoms or if you have risk factors of eye disease, you should schedule your exam sooner.
We’ve discussed “when”, so now we’ll cover the “why” it is so important to get a comprehensive eye exam at age 40. Some may experience symptoms related to your eyes changing over time such as needing more light to read, difficulty seeing up close or issues with glare while driving at night. Experiencing these vision problems can be concerning and frustrating, but many if not all of them can be addressed with a comprehensive eye exam. Additionally, with the use of tools and retinal imaging, your ophthalmologist can detect many diseases in the eye.
Common Eye Diseases for Those 40+
It’s important to know that early signs of eye disease may begin at this age. A baseline eye exam is important because it may detect eye diseases common in adults aged 40 and older. The exam provides greater opportunity for early treatment and preservation of vision. It can also find less common but serious problems, such as ocular tumors. The exam can also reveal systemic diseases that affect the eyes, like hypertension and diabetes. With early treatment, potentially blinding eye problems often have a good outcome. These diseases include glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.
“We are seeing an increase in patients who are in there 40’s with cataracts,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner. Many patients feel as though cataracts are an old person’s eye disease. Not so. Getting your eye health screening at 40 is much like mammograms at 40 or colon screenings at 50. Adults should take similar steps to maintain their eye health as they age. Early detection and treatment are key to slowing and preventing vision loss.
If you are age 40 or older and have not had a recent eye disease screening, schedule one with an ophthalmologist today. It is an essential step toward preserving your vision and keeping your eyes healthy. Dr. Shofner is currently accepting new patients and conveniently located downtown Nashville. Schedule your appointment online or call us at (6150 340-4733.