4 Common Age-Related Vision Problems

4 Common Age-Related Vision Problems

As your body ages, your vision changes along with it, as well as your risk for eye disease. As you approach your 60s, it becomes increasingly important to visit your optometrist for regular eye checkups. Now, we are going to discuss 6 age-related vision problems that become a greater risk as you get older:

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

This condition involves the breakdown of the part of your eyeball called the macula. The macula is the central part of your retina that is responsible for visual acuity. Although this condition has no cure, its process can be slowed by early detection.

Cataracts

The symptoms of cataracts involves hazy or blurry vision. It is caused by a change in the proteins of your eye that occurs most often in people more advanced in age. You may also become more sensitive to light and see colors in a more dull shade. This condition can be corrected with a simple surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

This condition is the leading cause of new vision loss in America. Since it is a complication of diabetes, the best way to prevent it is to monitor your blood sugar closely and follow your doctor’s directions when it comes to diabetes care. Carelessly ignoring your serious condition can cause you to go blind. We recommend that you see your optometrist regularly to catch this complication in its early stages.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is caused by a decrease in your body’s natural production of tears. It can cause severe discomfort. As you age, the tear and mucous glands in your eyes slowly begin to deteriorate. The treatment of dry eye is determined by its cause, so you need to see your optometrist to determine the cause and therefore the best treatment.

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