ageing eyes

Ageing eyes and failing vision are linked to falls, so as you get older you are more likely to fall.

It is normal for our eyes to change as a product of ageing. Normal changes include losing the ability to focus on things that are close-up (presbyopia), finding that it takes longer to adapt to changing lighting conditions and finding that we need more light to see things.

Ageing eyes require regular eye examinations to pick up any problems and help you to maintain your vision. for more information see our pages on common eye diseases, falls and maintaining good eyesight.


Ageing eyes and free eye tests for over 60s

Everyone over the age of 60 is entitled to a free NHS sight test. Most optometrists will provide this service, and we recommend that you look for an optometrist who is a member or a fellow of the College of Optometrists (MCOptom or FCOptom). You do not need to be registered with a particular practice, so just make an appointment when it is convenient.