As we age, our eyesight naturally declines. Corrective lenses become essential for maintaining vision for many of us. However, protecting your eyes from age-related eye problems is possible. One of the most common eye issues associated with aging is presbyopia.
Presbyopia is simply the technical term for eyes not being able to focus on nearby items. It’s perfectly common and is easily solved with prescription lenses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery like LASIK. Even those who had perfect eyesight throughout their life will likely eventually have the need for vision correction.
Presbyopia happens because the lenses in our eyes become less flexible. Lenses need to be flexible, so they can quickly and easily adjust focus. As our eyes age, they lose this flexibility, and focusing on nearby things becomes more difficult. Symptoms of presbyopia include difficulty seeing objects that are near or when lighting is poor, eye fatigue, and inability to read the fine print.
Although you can’t prevent presbyopia, some people have found that simple exercises help keep their eyes strong. Some exercises are distant object focusing, arm’s length focusing, and periodic rest by closing the eyes for a minute every hour.
Benefits Through ASBA
The other essential way to help keep your eyes healthy is with regular visits to your eye doctor. And just like we all want the lenses of our eyes to remain flexible for as long as possible, a Vision Plan that gives you flexibility and a wide array of choices is optimal. ASBA put a 20/20 focus on giving you as much control as possible. Our Vision Plan gives you the choice of thousands of in-network eye doctors, everywhere from metropolitan to rural areas, great benefits and low copays for everything from exams to eyewear or contact lenses, complete coverage on new lenses every 12 months, and one-stop convenience for all your vision needs at a Walmart near you. Learn more here.