Today, an estimated 44 million North American adults wear glasses or contacts. And experts say that number will only increase as we get older. That’s because after age 40, the lens of the eye stiffens, making it more difficult to focus and see properly. So, what can you do now to see better, longer? Here’s what you need to know, according to experts from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
Problem #1: You see most things fine, but you can’t read a computer display clearly. Until recently, most eye doctors would have recommended wearing bifocals, which improve vision for two different distances. But today, you buy something called “multi-focals,” which use special technology to provide better vision at any distance. In fact, in a recent study, 95 percent of people who wore multi-focals for a week reported fewer computer vision problems.
Eye problem #2: You’ve worn contacts for years, but suddenly they leave your eyes feeling painful and scratchy. Research shows that 1-in-4 people experience age-related “dry eye” – even if you don’t wear contacts. The fix? You can constantly moisten your eyes with eyedrops or a humidifier. Or, try adding more tuna to your diet. Because studies show the same fish oils in tuna that help improve heart and brain health can also keep your eyes moist!
Another common eye problem: When you drive at night, all you see is glare. A new survey found that half of all drivers who wore contacts or glasses had difficulty seeing when they drove at night. That’s why many eye doctors now offer lenses with a special anti-glare coating. Experts say the coating will reduce light reflection whether you’re driving at night, reading with a lamp, or looking at a bright computer screen.