Most eye conditions can affect anyone, but seniors are most at risk when it comes to several problems. Watch for symptoms related to the following conditions and consult an eye health professional if you have questions.
Glaucoma is one of the most common degenerative eye conditions, and although anyone can contract the condition, it disproportionately affects adults over 65. There are several different types of glaucoma, but they are all generally caused by a buildup of pressure due to fluid in the eye. Glaucoma often carries no symptoms but can eventually lead to permanent vision loss.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. As you reach age 45 and older the lenses begin to have difficulty focusing. People in this age group are more likely to develop cataracts than younger people. Most lenses affected by cataracts can be replaced through an outpatient surgical procedure, including a state-of-the-art laser surgery.
Dry eyes occur because the eye’s tear glands can no longer produce a sufficient amount of moisture. Symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable itching and redness to painful burning. In some extreme cases, dry eye can even lead to vision loss when untreated. Treatment ranges from humidifiers and eye drops for milder cases to surgery for severe cases.
Blurred vision can occur for a variety of reasons, not limited to cataracts. Because many cases of blurred vision that cannot be reversed, it is important to look for early warning signs including difficulty seeing in low light and reduced intensity of colors.
Macular degeneration is also known as age-related macular degeneration for a good reason because it is the most common cause of blindness in older Americans. Most cases consist of the less severe dry macular degeneration, but it can also evolve into the more serious wet macular degeneration.
Getting a regular eye health exam is good practice for people of all ages, but it is especially important for seniors. At Florida Eye Specialists, our dedicated team of professionals has helped thousands of seniors in the Jacksonville area improve their vision and detect serious conditions in early stages. Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive exam and safeguard your eyes for the future.