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Posted on 07-24-2017

Senior Eye Care: How Aging Affects Vision

As with most other physical attributes, vision tends to deteriorate as you age. The rate of change in your vision varies from person to person and may have to do with factors out of your control such as systemic disease or genetics. Deterioration, however, is not an all or nothing proposition with the eyes. Although your vision may change as you age, there are some things you can do to slow the progression of vision problems or to ensure that they are as slight as possible as you get older.

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The development of some eye conditions, such as cataracts, is inevitable as you age. However, with today’s advances in medical technology and equipment, many of the eye problems of advancing age have become minimally intrusive to most seniors’ lives.

Age-Related Eye Problems

The most common eye problems that seniors face as they age include:

Glaucoma

This disease causes damage to the optic nerve, usually from increased pressure on the eye that results from excess fluids built up in the front section of the eye. The damage to the optic nerve may lead to vision deterioration or loss if glaucoma goes undiagnosed and treated. Treatment generally involves use of an eye drop which lowers the pressure in the eye preventing progression of damage.


Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes clouded. Cataracts usually develop slowly, but over time will eventually interfere with your vision and cause objects to appear blurry.

Diabetic Retinopathy

As the name implies, this is a disease that can affect the eyes of people who have diabetes. High blood sugar levels may constrict or cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina. This damage creates various changes in the eye that can seriously impact your vision.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, affects the macula, which corresponds to your central vision. As this disease progresses, abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the macula, causing fluid and blood to leak into the eye. Eventually, this condition can cause the loss of your central vision, which is what allows you to see the fine details of objects.

Eye Exams at Eyes on Henry, Spartanburg Optometrists

All of the eye conditions listed above can be treated successfully through early detection and with the care of a skilled optometrist. The Optometry team at Eyes on Henry, are highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals who can offer a wealth of information advice and guidance on how best to care for your eyes as you age. They believe that an optometrist appointment should consist of education as well as examination and treatment. Building good eye care habits can help tremendously in maintaining healthy eyes and good vision over a long period of time. The optometrists at Eyes on Henry are experts in eye care and in sharing their expertise with you. They encourage you to be an active partner in helping them to care for your eyes and keep your vision strong for as long as possible.

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