Eye Care For Adults & Seniors
Healthy Eyes as you Grow Old and Wise
How well you see as you age can depend on a number of factors – most of them are in your own control!
Some of the most simple things are the most effective things.
Regular eye exams are important, no matter what stage of life you are in. They become increasingly important as you become a senior. Here are some age-related vision changes:
- Need for More Light – Brighter lighting will help make reading and other tasks easier.
- Noticeable Glare – Changes within your eye lens causes light to be more scattered, which creates more glare.
- Color Shifts – Lenses can become discolored, making it harder to distinguish between certain shades of colors.
- Reduced Tear Production – With age, the tear glands in your eyes will produce fewer tears. Keep artificial tears on hand.
● Cataracts are common in 60+ age group or senior citizens. The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the reduction in perception of blue colours. Surgery is the most effective way to restore vision
● Glaucoma A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognized by the sufferer only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential.
● Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) In older people, the macula – the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision – thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion of, or even the loss of, central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital.
● Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetes can cause tiny blood vessels to leak or burst, blurring sight and leaving dark spots on the field of vision. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent loss of sight.