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Age Related Eye Problems

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Are you aware of the most common eye problems in older adults? Many of us have heard of a few of these, but we thought it might be good to give a small list of the most common problems to make sure you are aware.
Age Related Eye Problems
  • Presbyopia: A common eye problem after 50, presbyopia is the inability to focus close-up.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve when the fluid which passes through the eye moves too slowly and eventually builds up. This, in turn, leads to an increase in pressure, which leads to optic nerve damage.
  • Cataracts: In a healthy eye, light passes through the lens to the retina. When it reaches the retina, it is changed into nerve signals, which are sent to the brain. In an eye with cataracts, the light cannot reach the retina because it is not clear. So when the nerve signal is sent to the brain, it appears blurry or cloudy.
  • Age related macular degeneration (AMD): In this common eye problem after 50, damage occurs to the macula – which is located near the retina and is necessary for clear, sharp, central vision. AMD can either occur suddenly or not be noticeable for years. Your central vision may become blurry and the area may grow larger, making it more difficult to see straight ahead.
  • Temporal arteritis: You may have heard temporal arteritis being referred to as giant cell arteritis. It occurs when inflammation affects the blood vessels which supply your eyes, head and optic nerves with blood. Vision loss runs high with temporal arteritis, but if treated early enough, permanent vision loss can be avoided.
  • Floaters: Floaters are spots that you see in your line of vision. They can look like specks or spider webs and often move with the movement of your eye. Age-related floaters occur when a jelly-like substance inside the eye becomes more fluid. Fibers then clump together, creating a shadow on the retina which look like spots.
Information taken from: Belmarra Health

These are common problems found in aging adults. Many of these are treatable or even preventable. Routine eye exams are key in helping to prevent these common problems. Don't hesitate to contact the Gordy EyeCare team for more questions.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 written by Gordy EyeCare Team
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