Your eyes over 40
Looking after your eyes
Everyone's eyesight starts to deteriorate to some extent in their early to mid-40s - it's natural and normal. Some people find they can't focus quite as well close up and need reading glasses for the first time, or, if they're specs-wearers, a new, updated prescription. If you already wear glasses for short-sightedness it might be time to think about varifocals - a neat solution because they enable you to enjoy natural vision at all distances with one pair of specs. We now also offer varifocal contact lenses, which are just as effective.
A regular eye test every two years is a vital health check and this is especially true once you reach 40. Age increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration but a thorough eye test can detect these conditions early on. A D&A Optometrist can give your eyes a clean bill of health in one simple check-up.
Style at D&A
Stylish glasses can give you a whole new look and update your image as effectively as a makeover. At D&A we have one of the most innovative ranges of great-value eyewear on the high street, including top designer brand names and our own stunning collection. We provide Personalised Advice helping you choose the perfect frames to suit your looks and lifestyle, removing all the uncertainty and guesswork. You'll find it makes you look at yourself afresh and that in itself can be a huge confidence booster.
Have you considered contact lenses? Virtually everyone who wears glasses can wear them, and advances in technology mean they're so comfortable nowadays that most people forget they're wearing them after just a few seconds. With our Contact Lenses by Post package you get unlimited aftercare as well as the convenience of having your disposable lenses and solution sent to you every month. Ask for details at your local D&A store.
We want to give you outstanding value for money. We have a range of permanent deals and regular special offers. There's so much to choose from, to suit all budgets.
Eye health changes
Your eyes become more susceptible to common eye problems as you get older. Rest assured these are often easily treated when caught early at an eye test.
Over time, the lens loses elasticity making it more difficult to focus on close-up objects (a classic sign is needing to hold your newspaper or book further away). Most people's eye muscles, which are put under more strain to stretch the lens, start to weaken from the age of 45 onwards. Presbyopia - an age-related form of long-sightedness - can be easily corrected with varifocals , which enable you to see small print and into the distance with the same pair of glasses or contact lenses.
There are various types of glaucoma, which can be caused by high pressure within the eye and damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is one of the main causes of sight loss and usually affects people over the age of 40 (the older you get, the higher the risk). If detected early enough we can control the pressure with simple eye drops.
These tiny spots or specks that float across your vision are normally harmless. Your D&A Optometrist will check to make sure they're not signs of another condition.
The macular is the central part of your retina used for detailed vision and, as your eyes age, it can gradually wear out. Eventually, an 'empty area' can develop in the centre of your vision, while your peripheral vision is normally unaffected. Your D&A Optometrist can explain this further and recommend the appropriate course of action.
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