Our eye health becomes even more crucial as we progress through life. American adults are at greater risk of developing eye diseases which are often asymptomatic. Vision loss risk can increase, especially after the age of 75.
During senior eye exams, we specifically focus on screening for eye diseases. Early diagnosis is key to helping us protect your vision and create a comprehensive treatment plan.
Seniors aged 65 and older should schedule an eye exam every year or more frequently if they are at risk of developing eye diseases.
Older adults’ most common eye diseases are cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. These diseases affect different parts of the eye; however, they can all cause symptoms that may eventually lead to vision loss.
Some common symptoms of aging eyes include trouble reading fine print, difficulty seeing at night, and glare sensitivity. Age can also increase the frequency of flashes and floaters in seniors’ vision and may also increase the risk of developing dry eye disease.
Glaucoma is caused by increased intraocular pressure, which damages the optic nerve. Often referred to as the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in seniors in the United States. There are multiple types of glaucoma, the most common being open-angle glaucoma and acute angle-closure glaucoma. Acute angle closure glaucoma is considered an emergency and should be treated soon after symptoms arise.
A cataract occurs when the normally-clear inner lens of the eye becomes cloudy. This cloudiness is due to a protein buildup on the lens. Seeing through a cataract is challenging and can be described as looking through a foggy window. Cataracts usually develop slowly but can interfere with vision over time and even cause vision loss.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects central vision, causing it to appear blurry. The macula is a part of the retina that interprets what you see in front of you. Over time, the macula can deteriorate, leading to AMD. There are 2 types of AMD: dry and wet. Dry AMD usually develops gradually over the years. Wet AMD is considered an emergency as symptoms occur rapidly.
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