How your Vision Changes as You

Decreased color vision. Cells in the retina that are responsible for normal color vision decline in sensitivity as we age, causing colors to become less bright and the contrast between different colors to be less noticeable.

In particular, blue colors may appear faded or “washed out.” While there is no treatment for this normal, age-related loss of color perception, you should be aware of this loss if your profession (e.g. artist, seamstress or electrician) requires fine color discrimination.

At the age of 70s & 80s, most people in this age group already have or will develop cataracts. Cataract surgery is the only option for correcting cataracts. Color vision declines, and visual fields begin to narrow. Ask your eye doctor about eyewear or lenses for increasing contrast vision. Use extra caution while driving.