Your body and health changes as you age. Your sense of sight, in fact, is one of the first things that changes as time passes. Many eye conditions can develop during your golden years. Let your trusted eye care specialist from Clear View Vision Care talk about some of them.
The macula refers to a small region in your retina that helps provide your central vision. It may degenerate over time, resulting in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Objects in front of you may appear distorted, wavy or blurry. While there is no definite cure for this disease, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and visiting your eye doctor regularly are reliable ways to control its progression.
Aging causes your body to break protein down faster. This may cause protein fragments to deposit on your lenses’ surface, often referred to as cataracts. They may prevent light rays from entering your eyes, giving you cloudy and hazy vision. If you are experiencing significant visual restrictions, we may suggest removing cataracts surgically for your better visual clarity.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Hormonal changes accompany age, especially among women. These changes may cause imbalances in your tear consistency, making you more likely to have dry eyes. Your eyes may feel gritty, itchy and watery. We may prescribe applying artificial tears for your improved visual comfort. We may also have you undergo the LipiFlow® treatment which uses thermal energy to remove tear gland obstructions, ensuring continuous tear flow.
Presbyopia is an age-related refractive error that develops when your lenses start to lose their flexibility. This may result in light-bending and focusing problems, making it difficult for you to see objects and persons, particularly those near you. We may recommend wearing multi-powered eyeglasses or contact lenses for your better visual acuity. We may also suggest using orthokeratology lenses for your convenience.
While these eye conditions are common during adulthood, there are still ways to maintain healthy eyes. Having comprehensive eye exams regularly is one of the best things you can do. We also advise eating nutritious foods, like dark, leafy greens, cold-water fish, and citrus fruits. Call us today at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form to learn more about age-related eye conditions. We serve Tucson and the surrounding AZ communities.