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Understanding How Age Affects Eyesight

Last updated 4 years ago

The natural aging process brings changes to many parts of your body, and your eyes are no different. They may be as subtle as slight changes to your eyeglass prescription, or they may be more dramatic and require more extensive treatment. You can’t avoid every age-related eyesight change, but many eye treatments can restore your vision and let you enjoy good eyesight well into your golden years. Here are some of the major eye health problems people tend to face as they age:

Cataracts

If you’re 65 or over, you have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract in at least one eye, but these protein build-ups on the eye lens start appearing as early as age 40. In early stages, you can usually compensate for cataracts by changing your eyeglass or contact prescription, but eventually, you may find that you need surgery to remove the cataract. This common surgery can restore your vision completely.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, impacts almost 2 million seniors in the United States alone. AMD is caused when the macula, a part of the retina, no longer functions at its optimum level. The result is blurry central vision. Although macular degeneration can be serious when left untreated, your eye doctor can control your symptoms and slow the progression of the condition.

Glaucoma

Every year after age 40, your chance of developing glaucoma increases. The aging process itself can lead to glaucoma, but your risks are increased if you have high blood pressure or diabetes. Glaucoma is often symptomless, but can cause significant problems if left untreated. Regular eye exams after age 40 are extremely important for this reason. With glaucoma screenings, your eye doctor can catch this disease early and treat it with eye drops or surgery to preserve your vision.

The key to protecting your eyesight as you age is getting regular eye check-ups to catch any deterioration early. At Wize Eyes, we offer $18 eye exams every day. Let us be your partner in maintaining good eye health. Stop into one of our six Long Island eyeglass stores today or call (888) 695-1734 to schedule an eye exam or learn about our eyeglass and contact selections.

 

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