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AGE RELATED EYESIGHT CONDITIONS

 

A number of conditions impact the eye and surrounding areas. Some of are common to all over the age of 50.

Aging impacts the eyes, just like other parts of the body. Common complaints include:

 

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a slow loss of ability to see close objects or small print. It is a normal process that happens over a lifetime. Presbyopia can begin in the late thirties, but by the age of 55, close to 100% of the population is affected. You may not notice any change until after the age of 40.

The first sign is letters look fuzzy when reading up close and you have difficulty reading in low-light situations. People with presbyopia often hold reading materials at arm's length. Some get headaches or "tired eyes" while reading or doing other close work.

Presbyopia is not degenerative on the eye but is a progressive condition that is best properly diagnosed and treated by an eye care professional.

More on treating presbyopia

 

Floaters

Floaters are tiny spots or specks that float across the field of vision. They are noticed by many people, especially in well-lit rooms, bright days outside, or when reading under a strong light. Floaters are mostly normal, but may sometimes [when accompanied by light flashes] warn of eye problems such as retinal detachment. Seek advice if you hae any sudden change in the type or number of spots or flashes.

 

Dry Eyes

When the tear glands don't produce enough tears, dry eyes result. Dry eyes cause discomfort through causing itching, burning, and sometimes, loss of vision. Using lubricating eye drops and maintaining the correct humidity in your living environment helps to alleviate symptoms. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed.

 

Tearing

When eyes are very sensitive to light, wind, or temperature changes, the eyes can water profusely, known as 'tearing'. Often just protecting the eyes by wearing sunglasses helps to solve the problem, however tearing can sometimes indicated a more serious problem, such as an eye infection or a blocked tear duct. Both these conditions can be corrected by your doctor.

 

Eye Diseases and Disorders with Aging

The most common eye diseases and disorders with age are:

 

Cataracts

Cataracts are cloudy areas in part or all of the eye lens. This clouding prevents light passing correctly through the lens, causing loss of eyesight. Cataracts form slowly and are mostly symptom free in early stages. However, left untreated they can impact on eyesight.

More on treating cataracts

Glaucoma

Glaucoma results from too much fluid pressure inside the eye, generally without symptoms. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss and blindness. The cause of glaucoma is unknown but treated early, glaucoma can usually be controlled and blindness prevented.

Treatment may be prescription eye drops, oral medications, or surgery.

More on treating glaucoma

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