Age-Related Eye Problems
August 2, 2022, 4:46:40 PM
Aging is a natural process of living, but so is reading, watching the sunset, and seeing your grandchildren grow up. Don’t let eye problems go untreated. With modern technology, malfunctions of the eye can be detected before they cause any damage. Getting regular checkups at your local ophthalmologist can ensure that these problems will be diagnosed before they cause other problems. As you age, your body changes and vision loss is one of the most common side effects.
Cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors are the two leading causes of vision impairment. Recent scientific studies have also suggested that a positive correlation exists between cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors, and so having one may heighten the risk of getting another. The key to battling vision loss is an ongoing process that involves awareness through informing yourself on the topic and by undertaking regular eye exams.
“With modern technology, malfunctions of the eye can be detected and treated before they cause any damage at all.”
Uncorrected refractive errors are a group of complications that can be a direct result of your body changing with age. When focusing on things near or far, eyes alter their shape to be either convex or concave. Throughout time the elasticity in the eye weakens, making it more difficult to contort into these positions naturally. This is called nearsightedness and farsightedness, all normal side effects of growing older. Laser eye surgery, glasses, or contacts prescribed by your local optometrist can have you seeing better in no time. Over 90% of people over the age of 65 have at least one cataract. At age 75, half of the people have experienced vision loss caused by a cataract. While regular checkups are crucial in monitoring known cataracts, checkups can also help identify newly formed ones. Treatment options include cataract surgery, a safe procedure that can usually restore all impairment, or physical aids such as sunglasses, brighter lighting, and magnifying glasses for early-onset symptoms. On top of aging, the accumulation of certain behaviors such as not wearing sunglasses, smoking, heavy drinking, and obesity also contribute to age-related vision loss. If you find yourself with a cataract or refractive error, there is no need to worry. Vision loss due to cataracts, even vision loss caused by uncorrected refractive errors, can generally be avoided altogether.
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