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Age Related Vision Changes

AgeRelatedVision-Jacquie Eubanks RN BSN

As we age, we experience changes in the structures of the eye. Some changes, like the waning of functional abilities, are considered within the normal limits, while other symptoms may signal the onset of disease processes. Those who have reached 40 years of age typically begin to notice changes to their visual acuity, or sharpness of vision. This common age-related condition, known as presbyopia, makes it difficult to focus and discern fine detail at close distances. Correctable with glasses or contact lenses, presbyopia will continue to progress slowly over time until around age 60.

When we are young, the lens of the eye is soft and flexible. Tiny muscles inside the eye can easily reshape the lens to focus on both near and distant objects. With aging, the lens begins to harden and muscle fibers are affected, resulting in difficulty in reading small print or seeing nearby objects clearly. While there is no current cure or known prevention strategies for presbyopia, with corrective lenses most individuals should be able to enjoy clear and comfortable vision.

The vitreous humor, a clear gel-like substance that fills the space between the lens and the retina, gives the eyes their shape and form. Millions of fine fibers in the vitreous humor are attached to the surface of the retina. As the vitreous shrinks and becomes more liquid with aging, fibers may pull away from the surface of the retina. This can cause tiny specks of tissue or debris to remain in the vitreous gel. Known as floaters, these tiny particles appear as dots, cobwebs or strings. What one is actually seeing is the shadow of the debris, as light is cast on the retina. In most cases, occasional spots or floaters are normal. They can be annoying, but many individuals become accustomed to them, and they generally don’t negatively affect vision.

Not everyone will experience the same vision changes. Common symptoms can include:

  • The need for brighter light, while reading or performing close-up tasks.
  • Decreased contrast sensitivity, or the ability to detect low contrast images, especially with low light, fog or glare situations. This can result in difficulty driving at night, or eyes may tire more easily while working on the computer or watching TV.
  • As it becomes harder for the eyes to focus, most experience difficulty reading without corrective lenses.
  • Changes in color perception. Some find it hard to distinguish between shades, such as blue and green.
  • Dry, irritated eyes resulting from reduced tear production. Particularly troublesome for menopausal women, adequate tears are necessary to keep eyes healthy and vision clear.

Individuals should be aware of early warning signs of other possible eye and vision problems:

  • Sudden development of floaters, flashes of light, or an appearance of a curtain over the field of vision could indicate a retinal tear or detachment, and should be treated as soon as possible to avoid vision loss.
  • Low contrast sensitivity can result in decreased depth perception, potentially resulting in missteps and falls. Reduced contrast sensitivity can also be a symptom of certain eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.
  • Chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can damage tiny blood vessels of the retina or cause permanent vision loss. As fluctuating vision can be a sign of undiagnosed health conditions, a visit to an eyecare specialist is in order.
  • Loss of peripheral, or side vision can be a sign of glaucoma. Symptomless until vision damage is done, glaucoma damages the optic nerve, preventing the transmission of visual images to the brain.
  • Distorted images or a blind spot in the middle of one’s vision field can be signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss among those aged 50 and older. AMD damages the macula, located in the center of the retina, that is necessary for sharp central vision. Central vision loss can affect the ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces. Strong risk factors for AMD include aging, smoking, genetic factors, family history, sunlight exposure, and hypertension.

The impact of vision changes can have a significant effect on quality of life. It’s important to recognize the difference between reduced visual function in healthy individuals and specific eye related diseases. Yearly eye exams can mean early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, and preservation of vision health. Research has linked specific nutrients, that include lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and vitamins C and E, to reducing the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.

Nutrient supplementation may be helpful to support the heath of the eyes and vitreous:

  • In nature, lutein and zeaxanthin appear to absorb excess light energy to protect plants from too much sunlight, especially high energy rays called blue light. A number of studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in high concentration in the macula, may protect against light induced oxidative damage that could lead to AMD.
  • Highly concentrated in the eye, zinc plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A to the retina to produce melanin, a protective eye pigment. Impaired vision, such as poor night vision and cataracts have been linked to zinc deficiency.
  • Antioxidants fight oxidative damage and support general eye health. Natural antioxidants that include vitamins C and E and betacarotene have been shown to be of benefit in the prevention of AMD.
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA) is associated with balanced eye moisture. Oxidative stress can cause HA levels to decrease as we age.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy vision, and may also improve circulation, strengthen the integrity of the blood vessels, and naturally support healthy inflammatory processes.
  • Several types of collagen are found in the eye. As collagen tends to degrade with aging, nutritional support for collagen heath may be helpful.
  • Vitamin D3 supports vision health, as well as cardiovascular, immune, skeletal and cognitive health.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine quality products to support eye and overall health:

Eye Moisture Support...Eye Moisture Support by Douglas Laboratories®: This unique formula provides critical support for eye and retinal health, healthy tear production, and ocular moisture retention. Ingredients include QUELL Fish Oil®, vitamins and antioxidants. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

20/20 Eye Formula20/20 Eye Formula by Nutritional Frontiers: Specifically formulated for individuals with poor night vision, cataracts, AMD, or allergies that affect the eyes, this product provides antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin, ALA, and astaxanthin, as well as zinc and vitamins A, C, and E for support and protection of eye health and function.

 

Vision ProtectVision Protect™ by LuxVite Naturals: Ophthalmologist formulated with selected vitamins and antioxidants, this product is designed to promote eye health and provide macular support. Laboratory tested for quality and purity.

 

Clinical Nutrients...Clinical Nutrients™ Eye Formula by Integrative Therapeutics®: This product is designed to provide valuable nutrients that support proper eye health and function. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy, and artificial ingredient free formulation.

 

MacuGuard Ocular...MacuGuard® Ocular Support by Life Extension: This innovative formula provides comprehensive ocular nutrition to help protect macular health from oxidative stress and light-induced damage. Non-GMO formulation.

 

Macular Support...Macular Support Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This comprehensive hypoallergenic formulation provides a blend of powerful antioxidants and botanicals designed to support, maintain, and improve macular health. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
Presbyopia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0023046/
Facts About Presbyopia. https://nei.nih.gov/health/errors/presbyopia
Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age. https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/adult-vision-19-to-40-years-of-age/adult-vision-41-to-60-years-of-age
Aging changes in the eye. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2585730/
About Age-Related Macular Degeneration. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024815/
Visual Acuity. https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/visual_acuity.htm

 

Eye Health Support

EyeHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSNDesigned as an adjunct to a healthy diet, researched backed nutritional supplements have been shown to be beneficial for the maintenance of vision and eye health. Ongoing research continues to explore health protective nutrition in prevention of age-related eye changes that can cause visual disturbances and the loss of visual acuity. Beginning around age 40, adults may start to notice vision changes, such as an inability to focus on near objects, the need for brighter lights in reading or work areas, and changes in color perception, as well as reduced tear production, resulting in dry, irritated eyes. As we continue to age, the risk for developing eye and vision problems increases. Early warning signs of eye health problems can include:

Vision fluctuation – Vision that fluctuates throughout the day can be attributed to several causes, including general fatigue, eye muscle spasms resulting from intense focusing for an extended period, or progressing presbyopia, a common age-related inability to focus on near items, such as a newspaper or menu, especially in dim light.

Eye floaters and flashes of bright light – Specks or thread-like images that appear in the field of vision are generally harmless and may become less noticeable with time. Floaters indicate that the vitreous humor, a gel-like substance that makes up a large majority of the eye behind the lens, is slowly shrinking with age, creating strands that cast their shadows on the retina. Flashing occurs when the vitreous gel tugs or bumps the retina. Although floaters and flashers can be annoying, they are generally considered harmless. However, a new onset of floaters or increased flashes can signal more serious vision problems, such as retinal detachment or a retinal tear, requiring a visit to your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

Loss of peripheral vision – Peripheral or side vision is the ability to see movement and objects located outside your central or direct line of vision. Also known as tunnel vision, loss of wide angle vison is commonly the result of optic nerve damage, resulting from glaucoma, a detached retina, brain or neurological damage or a head injury.

Distorted images – Wavy or blurred images or loss of central vision may be signs of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among adults aged 50 and older. Although there are exceptions, macular degeneration generally progresses slowly. The greatest risk factor is aging, making regular comprehensive eye exams crucial for seniors. Additional risk factors include diabetes, genetics, and side effects of medications taken for chronic conditions.

A colorful and varied diet, rich in omega-3 fats, whole fruits and dark green leafy vegetables is emphasized for eye, vision and overall health. As well, protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light, avoiding smoking, reducing screen related eye strain, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight along with normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, may help to prevent macular degeneration or slow its progression. Age Related Eye Disease (ARED) studies revealed that antioxidant multivitamins can help to protect against progression to advanced stages of macular degeneration in those who have been diagnosed with the condition.

Poor diet resulting in inadequate nutrition is associated with many serious health conditions including vision loss. Research shows that vitamins and nutrients that help reduce inflammation and control oxidative stress are beneficial for maintaining eye and vision health and may offer protection from degenerative diseases, including macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. Well known for its supportive role in healthy vision and prevention of night blindness, vitamin A helps to protect the cornea and mucous membranes of the eye surface, helping to reduce the risk of eye infections.

B Complex vitamins help to reduce chronic inflammation and elevated homocysteine levels associated with retinal vascular problems. B vitamins may also help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant properties that help protect the eye lens by preventing oxidation, which can result in a clouded lens associated with cataract formation.

Vitamin D sufficiency is associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration, while a deficiency is strongly associated with dry eye and its level of severity.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that are found in the eyes. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin support eye health and reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including cataracts and macular degeneration.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are among the most important nutrients for proper visual development, retinal function, and life-long eye maintenance. DHA is found in the highest concentration in the retina. Omega-3 deficiency is linked to dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. Essential fatty acids help to restore and maintain tear formation and eye lubrication.

Bioflavonoids are pigments responsible for giving plants, fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. These biologically active antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds aid the absorption of vitamin C, help increase antioxidant efficiency, and support capillary health, including eye capillaries.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements and nutraceuticals in support of eye and overall health:

Vision ProtectVision Protect™ by LuxVite Naturals – Ophthalmologist formulated with ingredients based on the ARED2 study, Vision Protect™ contains antioxidant vitamins, B vitamins, lutein, and zeaxanthin, providing eye health support for macular degeneration. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Doctor's Choice™ Eye...Doctor’s Choice™ Eye Formula by Enzymatic Therapy – This vitamin, mineral and botanical formula provides comprehensive nutritional support for eye health and healthy vision. Gluten and dairy free formulation.

 

ProDHA Eye 1000 mgON SALE ProDHA Eye® by Nordic Naturals – This synergistic blend of purified pharmaceutical-grade fish oil provides a high concentration of DHA, plus antioxidant vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin in support of healthy vision and moisture levels, as well as age-related oxidative damage protection. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Eye & Body Complete ...Eye and Body Complete™ by BioSyntrx – This full-spectrum, balanced, whole body nutritional formula provides superior active ingredients to support vision function, macular and retinal health, and address vascular-related inflammatory diseases of the body and retina.

 

Lutein/ZeaxanthinLutein/Zeaxanthin by Pure Encapsulations – This formula provides a high strength carotenoid blend of lutein and zeaxanthin to specifically support the macula and overall vision health and function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

References:
What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/what-you-can-do-about-floaters-and-flashes-in-the-eye-201306106336
Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration. https://nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts
Facts About Presbyopia. https://nei.nih.gov/health/errors/presbyopia
What is Macular Degeneration? https://www.macular.org/what-macular-degeneration
Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age. http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/adult-vision-19-to-40-years-of-age/adult-vision-41-to-60-years-of-age?sso=y
Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3. http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/diet-and-nutrition/essential-fatty-acids?sso=y