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Vision Changes in 40 Year Olds

Updated on October 27, 2012

If you visit an optometrist or other eye professional at the age of 40 or older, they will act like your changing eyesight is the most normal thing in the world. If you notice the people you are kissing are out of focus or maybe the letters in words seem to be on more than one plane, or maybe you realize that driving at night is full of surprises, you probably are experiencing some sort of vision change. Whatever the case, by the time you reach the ripe age of 40, the muscles in your eyes are a bit more stretched and tired, often creating visual changes.

Vision change from eye rub

If you have been lucky enough to get this far in life without any visual aids, it can be hard to accept changing eyes.  You might be thinking you rubbed your eye too hard and it will be back to normal soon.  If that eye rub was two months ago, it is safe to say, you are ready for an eye appointment, and it is unlikely your previous vision will be returning (don’t give up hope, but take a proactive approach).

Eye Exams Test Eye Health by Elvire.R. on Flickr. by Elvire.R. on Flickr.

An eye exam will test the health of your eyes. If something is ailing your eyes or the surrounding eye area, an eye exam delivers a diagnosis and solutions. Beware, once eye professionals have a diagnosis, they whisk you to the room with all the beautiful frames, and it can feel like you were transported from a doctor’s office or optical store, to a used car lot. Be mindful of the fact that these businesses make most of their money from the treatments, lenses, and glasses that follow the initial visit.

Eye Exams End With Beautiful Frames

There are several amazing products and procedures, but insist on knowing the price before agreeing to anything.  You might want to check your insurance to see what, if anything, it will pay.  If you have never purchased anything for your eyes, be prepared for sticker shock.  During my first eye appointment in my life, at 40 years old, I agreed to purchase glasses with all of the bells and whistles they suggested for $1100 U.S. dollars.  My fancy lenses help me read inside, outside, on the moon, and in front of computer screens.  They are very convenient and comfortable but I cannot believe I was not a shrewder shopper.  You will be smarter.

Get An Eye Exam

If you suspect your vision has changed, get an eye exam.  If nothing else, it will be nice to know if your symptoms are real or phantom.  Probably real.

How and when has your vision changed?

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      Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I have worn glasses/contacts since I was a teen, but did not think that I would ever have to wear bifocals (they were for old people). Well when I could not read any more with the same glasses I used for distance, I knew I was in trouble, so I went to the eye doctor and sure enough - bifocals. Lucky we live today where they have no-line glasses and they are light weight as well as many other improvements. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Jessica 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Elayne001,

      Isn't funny how suddenly we change even though we feel twenty five inside. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. It is so true we are lucky there are so many great inventions.

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      Improve Your Eyesight Naturally 6 years ago

      haha, I've worn specs since I was 8! :-O ... hahaha

      Well, I found this free online eye test at the link below:

      Try it out for the fun of it. Just make sure you have a ruler ready because you have to measure a little bar on the screen as well as measure the distance between your face and the screen :)

      Have Fun!

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      Jessica 6 years ago from USA

      Hope your natural exercises are improving your eyes. It is a great idea.

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