Growing older has many privileges, but it also offers some challenges. Among the issues that come with advancing years are age-related eye conditions that can affect your vision health. Some common eye issues that may crop up as you age include:
- Age-Related Vision Changes. As your eyes age, their ability to focus may change along with them. That may leave you unable to see close, or far away, or unable to read smaller print. You may even find you don’t see in the dark well, and require more light for reading or crafts. Your vision care professional can help you understand and counteract this sign of aging eyes.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration. This is one of the most common causes of vision loss in older adults. It causes you to lose your central visual field while retaining your peripheral vision. Your eye doctor will be able to help advise you on medications and dietary changes that can slow the progress of this disorder.
- Cataracts. Cataracts happen when the lens of the eye clouds over. While some cataracts may remain small, minimizing their impact on your vision, others can severely affect your ability to see. Surgery is often an option for removing cataracts.
- Dry Eyes. As you age, your tear ducts may not produce enough tears, or may make poor-quality tears that don’t do enough to lubricate your eyes. Eye drops and home humidifiers may help restore your natural moisture balance, but severe cases may require surgery or other treatments.
- Glaucoma. Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions in which the pressure in your eye is abnormally high. This can damage the optic nerve, and thus, compromise your vision. If it isn’t treated, it can even lead to blindness. Because it has few symptoms, it’s vital to see your eyecare professional to test for it.
- Diabetic Retinopathy. If you are a diabetic, age can increase your chances of developing this disorder. You may not notice the earlier stages without a professional examination. Surgeries exist to help prevent it from worsening, but it cannot be cured once it has developed.
Help Your Eyes Age Gracefully at Valley Eyecare Center!
Valley Eyecare Center understands the aging process your eyes are going through. Our vision care professionals can help you keep your vision sharp through the golden years of your life! You can call (602) 955-2700 for an appointment, or contact us online.