Thursday, August 10, 2023

How Does Age Affect The Eyes?

As we get older, many changes can occur in our bodies. Our eyes are where some of the most notable changes can occur. While you cannot always prevent these symptoms of aging, you can often treat them and in some cases delay them. Below are just some of the major ways age affects the eyes.


By the age of 50, almost everyone has developed presbyopia. This is when your eyes can no longer focus well on nearby objects. 

The simplest solution for presbyopia is to wear reading glasses. Contact lenses are also a remedy that you can try. If you already experience issues with seeing things far away and need glasses or contact lenses, multifocal glasses or contact lenses are still an option. 

Presbyopia is not something you can prevent and is something everyone should learn to embrace. Not wearing contact lenses/glasses could lead to headaches and sore eyes as you constantly strain to read things.


Cataracts are another eye condition that can naturally occur as you get older. This is when proteins build up in the lens of your eye, causing your vision to become cloudy. If ignored, cataracts can lead to blindness.

How can you treat cataracts? Most doctors will recommend surgery. This is a simple routine operation that often needs to be carried out on both eyes (although usually one eye at a time).

Cataracts can occur naturally with age, but can also be exacerbated by bad habits like smoking and heavy drinking. Not wearing shades in the sun can also increase the risk of cataracts according to this Columbia University post.


Droopy eyelids (medically known as ‘ptosis’) are when the upper eyelid starts to droop. This is largely a cosmetic issue but can affect people’s vision in some cases.

You can fix droopy eyelids by undergoing an operation called a blepharoplasty. This can help to lift the eyelids and restore a youthful look.

Droopy eyelids often occur naturally as we get older due to the skin losing its elasticity. According to Becker Plastic Surgery’s experts, fat deposits may also lead to uneven eyelids. Injuries, medical conditions, and Botox complications can also cause ptosis. 

Eye bags

Many of us experience puffy eyes. However, eye bags are different - they are permanent bags under the eyes caused by skin sagging.

Filler injections may be able to remove eye bags. Alternatively, you could consider undergoing a blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids.

While eye bags can occur naturally with age, they are often more prominent in smokers and heavy drinkers - such bad habits can cause the skin to lose its elasticity faster.  Temporary puffy eyes are meanwhile often caused by allergies, crying, or sleeping on one’s front.

Crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are wrinkles that appear around the corner of the eyes. Like eye bags and droopy eyelids, they have no impact on our vision but can be seen as cosmetically unappealing by certain people.

Various anti-wrinkle treatments ranging from retinol serums to Botox may help to reduce these wrinkles. Surgery is also an option.

Years of smiling and squinting will speed up the development of crow’s feet. People who spend a lot of time in the sun but don’t wear sunglasses are often prone to these wrinkles from constantly squinting. 

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