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Does Everyone Really Need Glasses After 40?




Aug 22

Does Everyone Really Need Glasses After 40?

The age of 40 seems to be the magic number that everyone talks about – when big changes begin happening to your body. From weight fluctuations to skin changes and joint aches and pains and a difference in your eyesight, all of these changes are the normal part of the aging process. When it comes to your eyesight, you may begin to notice that it is harder to read. After years of possibly having your prescription get stronger for your vision to see far away, the opposite may be new to you and prompt questions and concerns. If you need correction on both sides of the spectrum, you may wonder how it will work?

First and foremost, let us look at the signs that you may be in need of reading glasses to sharpen your vision close-up.  

Loss of focus: If you notice that you cannot focus on the words in your book or concentrate on your cell phone screen, that can be an indication of needing help. 

New headaches: The strain to focus your eyes while reading up-close words can prompt headaches. If you notice that you have been plagued by new headaches, you should see your eye doctor.

Blurriness: Just like your far away vision, your near vision will begin to blur if you need a correction. If you are having to move a book or your phone farther away, then your near vision has changed.

Aging Affects Everyone Differently

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is best to have a comprehensive eye exam with our team to determine if you need reading glasses or not. We can work with you on prescribing the best course of action that will help you see your best both far away and close up. While aging affects so many components of your body and life, everyone is different and not everyone will experience vision changes.

Beyond aging, environmental and genetic factors will contribute to your eye health as you get older. If you have dry eyes, farsightedness, nearsightedness, have experienced sun or water damage to your eyes or have had a poor diet, you may experience a decline in your vision. Taking care of your overall eye health can help you avoid some of these risks and lead to better vision. Eat a healthy diet filled with oranges, spinach, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and grains that are part of a nutritious and balanced diet. Keep moving and stay active as you age as well.

Stay Connected to Your Eye Doctor

Of course, comprehensive and thorough eye exams on a regular basis will help you stay on top of your eye health no matter what age you are. Seeing your best is a gift that keeps on giving for years and years. If you are ready to see us, reach out through our online contact form today.

Meet The Doctor

Dr. Neil F. Henninger

Dr. Henninger has been practicing Optometry in the Finger Lakes area since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. Dr. Henninger is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association and the Southern Tier Optometric Association.

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"The staff is so helpful and good at what they do. I have been back a few times because I damaged my glasses and they have fixed me up. Super friendly and knowledgable."


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Trumansburg Optical is a family-owned full-service optometric practice offering comprehensive eye exams by Dr. Neil Henninger. We have a wide selection of frame styles to choose from and carry a variety of contact lenses in stock.

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