Most people start experiencing visual problems after the age of 50. This is due to degeneration of vision as we grow older. As a result of aging changes, you may face decreased sharpness and focusing power of your eyes.
If you find it difficult to read fine print or view close objects, you may be suffering from presbyopia. This happens when the lens of the eye becomes less flexible and can be corrected with bifocals or reading glasses. With age, the lens of your eye becomes yellow and filters out colors at the blue end of the light spectrum. Hence, you may not be able to differentiate between colors like blue, green and violet.
Another age-related vision change involves the decrease in your ability to adapt to changes in light. On the other hand, you may experience blurred vision while reading glossy materials or viewing shiny floors. This can be corrected by using sunglasses with yellow or antiglare lenses. Dry or itching eyes may also be a sign of eye aging. This happens when the tear glands do not produce adequate tears or the tear duct gets blocked.
For people above the age of 65, eye diseases can become more troublesome and serious. In such cases, your eye specialist may even recommend surgery for vision correction and improvement. Some of the common age-related eye diseases include:
Cataract – This eye disease is caused when the lens of the eye gets cloudy. As a result, your vision becomes blurred and hazy. Symptoms of this condition include dimmed vision, fogging of eyes, sensitivity to light, double vision, spots and change in pupil color. The corrective surgery is highly successful and normally, painless.
Glaucoma – Inside your eyes, there is constant circulation and drainage of fluid. Excessive fluid production or blockage can increase pressure and damage the optic nerve. Special eye drops are available to control early stage glaucoma while advanced stages need surgery. Symptoms include blurred vision, redness and eye pain, lesser side vision and halos around lights.
Macular Degeneration – Responsible for fine acute vision, the macula may degenerate and cause reduced central or straight vision. This is very common among people above the age of 55 years. Symptoms include darkness in center of vision, blurring of words and wavy appearance of straight lines. Treatment involves the use of surgical procedures before it turns into complete blindness.
We at Killeen EyeCare Center provide complete eyecare solutions. We serve Killeen, Fort Hood and Harker Heights area in Central Texas. To seek an appointment, contact us at 254-634-7805
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