Arora Optometry remains open and ready to serve your eye care needs by appointment only. Please rest assured that at the safety and well-being of our staff and our patients is our utmost priority. During these times, you will be getting unique, individualized attention to ensure that your time at our office is pleasant and safe.
Arora Optometry remains open and ready to serve your eye care needs by appointment only. Please rest assured that at the safety and well-being of our staff and our patients is our utmost priority. During these times, you will be getting unique, individualized attention to ensure that your time at our office is pleasant and safe.

Do I need reading glasses?

If you are over the age of 40, you may have noticed some changes to your vision. It may be more difficult to read the menu at your favorite restaurant. Finding the right distance for reading a book becomes a challenge. Although these are irritating changes, they are a natural part of aging. When these slight changes become more pronounced, it could be time for you to consider reading glasses.

A Matter of Focus

In a healthy eye, light travels through the outer cornea, pupil and lens to hit the retina at the back. The cornea and lens focus the light. The iris expands and contracts to let in more or less light as needed. From the retina, electrical signals travel to the vision centers in your brain. All of this happens without any effort on your part. You are simply aware of the vivid colors around you or clear words on the page in front of you.

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Changes with Age

As your eyes age, several physical changes begin to affect your vision. The reaction time of your iris slows, so it takes longer to adjust to changes in light. The lens becomes less flexible and can no longer focus light properly on your retina. The result of these changes in your eye is blurred vision when things are up close.

These age-related changes are different from nearsightedness and farsightedness. These conditions are both related to the shape of the eye, and people with them may have been wearing corrective lenses for years. Presbyopia is simply a sign that you and your eyes are getting older.

Signs that It Is Time for Reading Glasses

If you are experiencing changes in your vision, a visit to a local optometrist will help you see more clearly. This expert can evaluate your eyes and offer solutions to improve your focus. The signs of presbyopia can sneak up on your gradually. You may recognize yourself in the following common symptoms.

Double Vision

There are several reasons you might see two of everything. Double vision could be a problem within the structure of your eyes such as cataracts or weak eye muscles. It can also point to neurological issues. Whatever the reason, this is a condition you should not ignore.

Eye Pressure

The fluid inside your eye helps it keep its shape while allowing light to pass to the retina. Too much fluid creates excess pressure, a condition known as glaucoma. Eventually, this pressure can damage the optic nerve and lead to blind spots and reduced vision. Your optometrist will check for glaucoma at your eye exam.

Wavy Vision

Blurriness is typically an issue that corrective lenses can fix. Wavy or warped vision is another problem. If parallel lines seem to bend, it can be a sign of macular degeneration. This condition is not an issue of improper focus but is a breakdown of the retina. A doctor can prescribe treatments that may slow the progression of the degeneration.

Difficulties Seeing at Night

Reduced perception at night is typical for aging eyes. However, if you notice a sudden change, it may be an early sign of vision loss. At nighttime, seeing halos around streetlights is a symptom of cataracts. When you report these issues as soon as possible, there is a greater chance for a successful treatment.

Frequent Headaches

For some people, the work required to correct their vision causes headaches. You may be overworking the muscles around your eyes. If  headaches are a problem, stepping away from your desk and focusing your attention on a spot 20 feet in front of you can relax the tension.

Difficulty at the Computer

Your computer is another place where it can be difficult to find a comfortable distance. The place you can see clearly may be too far away for typing at your keyboard. Your optometrist can make recommendations for improving your vision when you work with a screen all day.

Troubles Adjusting from Dark to Light

Your iris handles changes in brightness by opening and closing. With age, the muscles weaken and do not react as quickly. You will find that you are more sensitive to bright lights after you have been in the dark. The opposite problem is also common. When you were younger, you thought nothing about going out after dark. Now, when you step outside, it takes a long time for your eyes to adjust.

Blurred Vision

Blurriness is the hallmark of presbyopia. The severity of this issue depends on factors like eye shape and age. Clients with nearsightedness or farsightedness may also see extra vision changes as they get older. An optometrist uses precise measuring tools to prescribe lenses that will focus light onto your retina and give you a clear view.

Your Partner for Lifelong Eye Care

As an optometrist in Mississauga, Ontario, we understand that regular eye care enhances your quality of life. We are dedicated to improving the vision of our clients. If you are experiencing the signs of aging eyes, contact us today to schedule an eye exam.

Reasons to Call an Eye Doctor Right Away

The signs of aging vision are not emergencies. Once they begin, you will want an optical evaluation regularly to adjust your lens prescription. However, some signs point to more serious vision problems. If you experience such symptoms, you should call your optometrist right away. From there, you may be sent to an ophthalmologist for a medical evaluation.