Taking Care of our Eyes As We Age

 

Many things occur in our body as we age including our lifestyle and how we take care of our self. This includes our eyes that adapt to some changes as we age. Aging is a transformation that we go through. As we grow older, there are some eye conditions that we experience including irritation and inconvenience. When we ignore these conditions, it may cause us more complications and severe problems.

Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the lens of our eyes start to cloud and it develops gradually. We do not feel the difference in the first year it develops. It is good to be sensitive to some changes and early symptoms like halos, glare, poor night vision, and a yellow tint.

Cataracts can be easily and safely removed through cataract surgery where ultrasound waves are emulsify the cataracts and chunks are removed. In HD cataract surgery, laser is applied. It works with inserting an artificial lens or IOL to replace the natural lens of the eyes. But the most common is by using eyeglasses.

Presbyopia

Presbyopia occurs when we cannot see near objects or prints clearly. For eye doctors, it is a normal occurrence and can be noticed at around age 40. This can be corrected with contact lenses or reading glasses.

Tearing

Tearing is an eye condition when our eyes make excessive tears when there is too much light and any change in temperature and wind. We can protect our eyes by wearing sunglasses and if it does not work, it looks like we have more severe eye conditions such an infection or blocked tear duct. Consult an eye doctor.

Glaucoma

 

Glaucoma is a result of exerting too much pressure in the eyes. When the normal flow of the watery fluid from cornea and lens is hindered, the fluid and pressure from the condition accumulate. Ignoring such condition on early stage may result to a permanent loss of vision and blindness. Most of the time, it does not give us any pain or symptoms during its early stage. The best way to do is to have our eyes checked regularly, especially as we grow older. This may be treated through prescription oral and eye drops, or in severe condition, surgery.

Floaters

Floaters refer to the small spots or specks that “float” across our vision. It can easily be noticed when we are in a well-lit areas or outdoor settings during a bright day. They may be “normal” but they can lead to severe eye problems later.

When we notice “floaters” along with flashes of light, it is most likely that our retina may be detached from the back of our eyes. When we see these changes, consult an eye doctor – immediately.

Dry Eyes

It is a normal occurrence that as we grow older, our eyes start to make fewer tears. This condition may result to stinging, burning, or irritated dry eyes which is very inconvenient. This occurs mostly in women after menopause. Many use artificial lenses. When you notice this occurrence, see an eye doctor.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis occurs when the tissue that covers our eyes are inflamed. It makes our eye burns, looks red, itchy, tear up, and we feel there is something in our eyes. This affects individuals in all age groups and may have been caused by infection, allergies, or exposures to irritants and chemicals.

 

Our vision is basic and vital to do our daily routines. Without or loss of it will change our lives and we will not be able to do our favorite activities. There are some eye conditions that are normal occurrence as we grow older but we can prevent serious eye problems such as blindness with regular eye check from licensed eye doctor.

credit: Advantica Blog, Havilah Eye Hospital, Alcon, New Health Guide, Esperity, Reimer Eye Center, eHealthhall, Medscape, Center for Disease Control & Prevention

 

 

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