While many people know that elderly people need to see the Ophthalmologist or Eye MD more frequently than young people, they may not know why. Unfortunately, there are a number of eye conditions that occur with age.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. It is the result of proteins in the lens breaking down with time causing blurred vision. Generally, cataract surgery is the preferred treatment option.
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2. Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when excess glucose damages the blood vessels in the retina. Over time people with both Type I and Type II Diabetes can develop vision loss, especially if the disease is uncontrolled.
3. Detached Retina
The incidence of Detached Retina can also occur with age since the vitreous material in the eye changes in texture and shrinks in time. This is associated with flashes and floaters which may lead to permanent vision loss.
4. Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (or AMD) occurs when the central portion of the retina (the macula) wears down. While AMD can destroy straight ahead and color vision, Glaucoma can reduce peripheral vision and lead to complete blindness.
Glaucoma is the result of fluid not draining properly from the eye, increasing eye pressure and damaging the optic nerve. Glaucoma often reduces peripheral vision and sometimes even lead to total blindness.
Other Eye Conditions Associated with Aging
There are other eye conditions associated with aging. Therefore, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that those over 65 have a complete eye exam at least every year or so. Catching eye problems early is key to more favorable outcomes.
If an eye problem has been diagnosed or there is a medical problem or medication that could affect the eyes, patients should follow the guidance of their Ophthalmologist or Eye MD and have more frequent visits.
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