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July 15, 2020
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Good News On Vision

Here are some things to look for when it comes to your eyes as you get older – the good news is that most common problems are manageable.

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Vision Loss
Vision loss, however minor, can have a massive effect on the sufferer. They may no longer be able to drive at night, reading may become difficult, and falls and injuries may occur due to loss of proper perception. It is one of the most common eye problems as we age, but thankfully there are some ways to help. Getting regular eye check-ups allows your optometrist to monitor your individual situation, perhaps suggesting vision aids like glasses, medication, or even surgery.

Cataracts
Reported to be the leading cause of blindness across the whole world, cataracts are actually very easy to treat when diagnosed. What are they? Cataracts are a cloudy film that covers the lens of the eye. It can affect one or both eyes, and causes visual disturbances and discomfort. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, book an eye test and tell them your concerns. Cataract surgery is predominately a day procedure, with very little down-time.

There are so many wonderful things to see in this world, from your grandkids smiles to new travel destinations. By neglecting your eye health, you could miss out on these. As we age, we need to pay special attention to eye issues, and the best way of doing this is by having a regular eye check.

Macular Degeneration
Over the last few years, optometrist offices have been fitted-out with special machines that examine you for macular degeneration. It can affect almost anyone, though age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a growing concern. AMD is a chronic eye disease with limited treatment types, so regular checkups are a must, to get you on the right medication that can slow the process.

Glaucoma
Another eye condition to be alert for as you age, is glaucoma. Actually a collection of eye conditions, they damage the optic nerve, restricting your vision and eventually leading to blindness if left untreated. Often caused by increased eye pressure, you will be glad to know that it is manageable. Eye drops are an easy and
of treatment and can be used long-term. Laser treatment is also available, and surgical procedures are needed only in rare cases.

Farsightedness
As you get older, you may start to notice you have to hold things further away in order to see them clearly. This is a sign of presbyopia, more commonly referred to as farsightedness. Those who spend a lot of time reading or on a computer may have the worst affects, though glasses or contact lenses should do the trick. Further prescription corrections and increased strengths may also be needed over time.

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