For many people, it is inevitable that their eyesight will deteriorate to the extent where they will require contact lenses or another form of vision correction to go about their daily lives, but many people fail to accept this fact or simply do not notice because the process is gradual.
However, a recent report published in the AARP - The Magazine by health expert Jennifer Nelson lists six key indicators of vision deterioration that can help people to spot the signs that their eyesight is not what it used to be.
The first is that small print appears fuzzy, which the expert says should not be dismissed as poor-quality printing paper
Fading colours is another key sign of vision problems, with wishy-washy tones a sign that cataracts may be developing and something that should not be ignored under any circumstances.
If people have noticed they are experiencing dry eyes, either with or without tears, it is worth a trip to their local optometrist, who may be able to diagnose a blocked tear duct or other eye trauma.
Difficulty in seeing the road ahead, or other vehicles, when driving is a definite sign of vision problems which a surprising amount of people fail to register, Ms Nelson noted, with pride often playing a factor in their refusal to have their eyes checked.
The presence of tiny "floaters" or the small black spots that people can trace when they move their eyes, is generally innocuous, but if people see many of these at the same time, it could be a sign that there is slight retinal detachment.
Finally, the expert noted that an absence of peripheral vision is also a sign that the person may be developing glaucoma and so a visit to an eye doctor is vital.
by Alexa Kaczka