Vision Changes in 40 Year Olds
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
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.
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