As part of the aging process, your vision won’t be as clear or sharp as it used to be, especially if you’re 60 or older. Eye health tends to deteriorate over time, which can affect your visual perception. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t prevent age-related eye diseases from damaging your vision.
Doctors Wood and Thurmond of Guilford Eye Center, the contact lenses specialists in the area, discuss four age-related eye problems and how to treat them.
Cataracts the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40. People with cataracts may notice a blurry vision, light sensitivity, halos around lights and fading or yellowing of colors. Removing the cataract immediately through surgery is the best way to prevent vision loss. In a recent study, 9 out of 10 people regain their vision after the cataract operation.
2. Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age is a major risk factor in developing this eye problem. It often affects people over the age of 60. Heavy smokers, Caucasians and people with a family history of age-related macular degeneration, however, are also more prone to this disease. Fortunately, many treatment options like laser therapy, submacular surgery and retinal translocation are available.
3. Dry Eyes
Inadequate tears or inconsistent tear film composition can cause dry eyes. One way to manage this eye condition is with the LipiFlow® treatment. This only takes 12 minutes per session, and within 6 to 8 weeks after treatment, you will notice the difference. Visit your local eye care center for this dry eye treatment.
4. Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes can trigger this eye disease. It happens when the excess blood sugar damages the retina. Laser surgeries are one of the most effective ways to seal off leaking blood vessels and reduce swelling of the retina.
Turn to Guilford Eye Center for your LipiFlow treatment and age-related eye disease diagnosis. Call us today at (336) 387-6777, or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of High Point, NC.