How the Eyes Change as We Age
December 28, 2019 • 0 comments
It’s common to experience changes in vision as we age. Most of these changes are a part of the natural aging process, but some symptoms may be a sign of serious eye conditions. If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, I can discuss them with you during an eye exam at the La Jolla LASIK Institute.
Loss of Near Vision
Presbyopia is the loss of the ability to focus on close objects. This can make it difficult to read small print.
Presbyopia is common among people over 40. The lens inside the eye is no longer able to change shape as easily. You may need reading glasses or two pairs of eyeglasses to use for different tasks. Laser vision correction may also be a possible treatment option.
Cataracts — clouding in the lens of the eye — are common among people in their 60s or older. They generally form slowly and may not initially cause noticeable symptoms.
If you do start to experience vision problems, discuss them with your eye doctor immediately. Cataract surgery is a common and effective way to eliminate cataracts and protect your vision. This generally involves placing a lens implant in your eye to replace the clouded lens.
Glaucoma is an increase of pressure inside the eye that can cause damage to the optic nerve. This can lead to partial vision loss or blindness if left untreated.
If you experience any strange symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Glaucoma can be detected by measuring your intraocular pressure.
Your risk of glaucoma increases as you age. Medications, eye drops and surgery can all be used to treat glaucoma.
Protecting Your Eyes As You Age
Age is also a risk factor for other eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. In order to protect your eyes, you should practice the following habits:
• Visit your eye doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam.
• Contact your eye doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms, such as blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision, or floaters.
• Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
• Understand your risk factors for eye conditions. For example, people with diabetes need to be aware of the risk of diabetic retinopathy.
• Stop smoking.
There are many treatment options available for the eye conditions that develop as we age. Contact your eye doctor if you have any questions about changes in vision caused by aging.
Schedule your appointment at the La Jolla LASIK Institute by calling or emailing our office today.