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Aging and Eyes

Children's vision

Most of what children learn prior to school and in the classroom — up to 80 percent, some experts say — is information they take in with their eyes and visual system. This section of All About Vision will help you guarantee your child has clear eyesight and the vision skills necessary to perform at his or her best. This is true whether your child is in the classroom, doing schoolwork at home, viewing a computer screen or participating in sports or other activities both indoors and outside. You also will find information about the effect of prolonged screen time on children’s eyes, how to keep your nearsighted child’s eyes from getting worse year after year, vision correction options for kids, and much more.

Your teen's vision

If your child has nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, the teen years is when most kids start asking about contact lenses. How do you know if your teenager is ready for contacts? And which lenses are best?

Find answers to these and other teen-related vision questions in this section of All About Vision — including information about sports vision, protective eyewear, and choosing glasses your teen will actually want to wear.

Vision over 40

Everything changes with time — including your eyes and vision. Sometime around the age of 40, you will begin to notice that it’s harder to read small print. This normal, age-related vision change is called presbyopia.

This section of All About Vision helps you learn how to deal with presbyopia — including understanding the benefits eyeglasses with progressive lenses, reading glasses and computer glasses — and possibly vision surgery.

Vision over 60

Your senior years is a time when caring for your eyes is more important than ever. Most types of serious vision problems occur after age 60 — including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

This section of All About Vision provides helpful tips on how to safeguard your eyes and preserve your vision as you near or transition into retirement and beyond.