Just like any other part of our body, our eyes age as we get older. Keeping eyes healthy is especially important for seniors, as eye problems can affect our ability to live independently as we age. Here are some common eye problems that all seniors should be aware of.
Glaucoma – This disease causes a build-up of pressure within the eye. The pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve and vision loss. As long as it is detected early, glaucoma can be effectively treated.
Cataracts – A common eye problem, cataracts occur when the transparent lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, affecting vision. Fortunately, a new lens can easily be inserted into the eye to restore vision. This is performed as out-patient surgery.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – This degenerative eye disease is the most common cause of vision impairment in people over 70. It causes a gradual loss of central, but not peripheral vision. Although it almost never results in total blindness, it can make everyday life very difficult. There are two main types of AMD, “wet” and “dry.” New treatments for “wet” AMD have the potential to delay or halt loss of vision.
If you notice any loss or dimness of vision, experience eye pain, or have discharge from the eyes, be sure to see an eye doctor immediately. An annual eye exam is also very important, especially for seniors, as early detection of eye problems is often the key to preventing vision loss. You can learn more about eye health by visiting our Optometry department’s home page. To schedule an eye exam, just call the Reliant Optometry department at (508) 425-6035.