Whether we’d like to admit it or not, age affects us all, and our eyes are no exception. In fact, our eyes need extra attention as they “gain experience.” A number of problems can arise from inattention to your most delicate organs as they age.
You may notice you’re struggling to see the finer details or straining to make out the words on menus in dim restaurants. These are indicators of presbyopia or farsightedness. Your optometrist may have a simple solution, such as a multifocal prescription, that could reduce the frustration of this gradual condition.
Our senior eye exams are particularly thorough to give your eyes their most positive outlook. We test your vision and scrutinize the overall health of your eye – the cornea, lens, retina, optic nerve, and macula. After your exam, we take the time to explain all your test results, so you leave our office knowing all about the health of your eyes.
Glaucoma is one such disease where there are no initial symptoms. This condition is a result of high intraocular pressure (IOP) causing damage to the optic nerve. With early detection, glaucoma is often easily managed, however, with no attention this disease creates permanent loss of vision.
Another initially symptom-free condition is age-related macular degeneration. Your macula is responsible for central vision and allows you make out people’s faces and to read fine print. In older eyes, small deposits called drusen may develop and/or new blood vessels may be created to replace the ones that have worn out. However, these new weaker vessels may leak, causing fluid to accumulate in the retina, leading to visual distortion. This is called age-related macular degeneration and can be managed if it is caught early.
Cataracts are often considered an inevitability in older eyes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As the natural proteins and collagen fibers in your lens age, your lens appears cloudy. This obscures your vision and can develop into a significant issue for reading, driving, and simple every tasks. There is relief from cataracts – UV protection, nutrition, and surgery can change the way you see the world.
Those over 65 years of age are recommended to have an annual eye exam to reduce the impact of long-term vision loss caused by age-related disease. Our optometrists can monitor your eye health and prescribe multifocal prescriptions to help you read, and our opticians can help you pick glasses or contacts to best suit your lifestyle.
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