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Posted on 07-24-2017
Caring for your eyes throughout your life is important. One of the most valuable things you can do is to come in to see your Spartanburg optometrists at least once a year. As we get older, our eyes become more susceptible to disease and damage. It's our goal to help you avoid vision loss through preventive care for various senior-related eye conditions.
The following are the most common eye conditions seniors need to routinely monitor:
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens that develop as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun over a lifetime. When cataracts develop, it is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract.While there is no cure for it, cataracts can often be removed during minimally invasive eye surgery. Ongoing monitoring is necessary.
Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid in the front part of the eye builds up. This creates significant pressure in the eye. Over time, this damages the optic nerve, the message-sending nerve that connects your eye to your brain. Without ongoing treatment, this can cause loss of vision.
If you have diabetes, even if it is well managed, diabetic retinopathy can development. High blood sugar levels can cause eye disease. The blood vessels are impacted and, over time, it can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness. Our goal is to keep those vessels healthy.
A very common, age-related eye condition is macular degeneration. This condition occurs when there is deterioration of the macular or the central portion of the eye. This condition isn't curable, but we can work to minimize worsening.
Visit Eyes on Henry, your optometry office in Spartanburg, to schedule an appointment with our team for senior eye care. Call 864-585-0208
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