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Entering your fifties marks the beginning of the stage in your life when you are likely to have more free time for hobbies, travel, family and friends.

However, poor eye health can limit your enjoyment of this well-deserved time and mean that you can’t enjoy it to the full. As part of the natural ageing process, your vision is likely to be changing and can deteriorate quickly without proper diagnosis and advice from trained experts.

Darren Smith, optometrist director at Specsavers in Hereford, discusses the effects of age on your eyes.

Recognising age-related changes

As you get older, different parts of your eyes experience different changes which noticeably affect your vision. Not everybody has the same symptoms, and they can often come on gradually.

Need for more light – Your eyes increasingly need more light to be able to see as well as you used to. Placing bright lights in areas where you work or read may make these tasks easier.

Difficulty reading print – The lens of your eye becomes less flexible, which means that it is more difficult for your eyes to focus objects that are close to you. This struggle to focus quickly between near and distant objects is called presbyopia

Problems with glare – You may have started to struggle with the sun reflecting off glass or bright headlights at night. Again, the ageing process of the lens in your eye changes how light enters, scattering it instead of focussing it on the retina, creating more glare.

Colour perception changes – Certain shades of colours may become difficult to distinguish. This is due to the normally clear lens in your eye starting to discolour.

Reduction in tears – Your tear ducts start to produce fewer tears, meaning that your eyes may start to become drier and more irritated. In turn, this may result in your vision becoming less clear.

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Regular check-ups

Regular eye examinations are essential for clear, comfortable vision, especially as we get older. The changes in our eyes make us more susceptible to certain age-related problems, including glaucoma and cataracts. As presbyopia becomes more advanced, you may notice the need for more frequent changes in your prescription. Visiting your optician at least every two years can help diagnose and treat these conditions early. This is very important, as waiting until a problem is noticeable may lead to irreversible damage. At Hereford Specsavers, our friendly, trained staff will ensure you have a full, professional eye examination tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle. NHS customers can benefit from a free sight test, and our Healthcall service provides eye care at home to those who cannot attend a high street optician unaccompanied due to physical or mental disability.

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Our eyes can age in different ways, and often it can be a daunting experience choosing which eye care option is right for you. After your eye examination at Specsavers in Hereford, our staff will talk through the best options to suit your individual requirements. With a wide range of bifocals and varifocals, including contact lens options, there’s no need to be restricted by blurred vision.

Over 60s care

If you’re over 60, eye care is great value at Specsavers. If the optician finds that you would benefit from wearing glasses, we have a huge selection of stylish and affordable glasses for you to pick from. And for whatever you choose – frames from the £69 frame range or above, lenses and any Extra Options – you’ll get 25% off the price. Whether you want single-vision lenses, bifocals or varifocals, all our glasses include standard lenses and scratch-resistant treatment.

For more information or to book an eye test, pop into Specsavers at 12 Maylord Street, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 2DS, call 01432 353 464 or visit

www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/hereford

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