Age-Related Eye Problems and Vision Loss | Essilor

Eye Problems Change with Age

Vision problems can appear at any age.

Sometimes they result in physical discomfort; others directly affect our vision and how we see the world around us.

Warning Signs for Kids:

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close 

  • Losing place while reading or using a finger to guide the eyes when reading 

  • Squinting or tilting the head to see better 

  • Frequent eye rubbing 

  • Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing 

  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better 

  • Avoiding activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework 

  • Avoiding activities that require distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities 

  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes 

  • Avoiding using a computer, because it "hurts my eyes" 

  • Poor performance in school and/or studies 

Get your child an eye exam

Even if you see no warning signs, a comprehensive eye exam with an Independent Eyecare Professional can help you identify if your child needs vision correction.

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6. A vision screening at school is not the same as an eye exam and may miss a vision problem.

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Warning Signs for Adults:

  • Do you have to hold a book farther than normal from your face to see it?
  • Do you struggle with up-close tasks like sewing, drawing, or other intricate hobbies?
  • Do you get headaches or do your eyes become tired after focusing on an object up-close?
  • Do you struggle to see what’s on your phone or device screen?
  • Do you need bright light (or more light then usual) when reading?


At around ages 40 to 45, our vision changes. This is called presbyopia, and it causes people to struggle to see objects or read materials up close.

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