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Posted on 10-09-2015
As we become older, we can develop age related eye problems that can diminish our sight and create a diminished quality of life. Though there are some eye problems that can affect anyone, no matter their age, some of them become more common as we age.
In order to get the best treatment from your doctor and to restore your vision, it is important to be able to understand the signs and symptoms of the vision problem you are experiencing. This could help with your examination and ensure you receive the right treatment for the right ailment.
One of the most common problems that comes with age is the loss of the ability to see objects that are close to you, like small print when reading. Normally, this condition, called presbyopia, happens over the course of our lifetime and is often unnoticed until around age 40. This condition is generally remedied by contacts or reading glasses.
Retinal disorders, such as macular degeneration, occlusions, and detachment are also a pretty common malady among older people. The retina, which is a lining of special cells on the back wall of the eye where images are collected, can be greatly affected by these disorders, causing loss of vision. Early treatment by your doctor may be important to protect your vision, and frequent eye exams can help catch these problems before they have the opportunity to develop into a major problem.
Problems with the eyelids can also become common as we age. Not only do the eyelids protect the eyes, but they also help with the distribution of tears and block out light when we blink and sleep. Common problems with the eyelid can include itching or tearing, spasms, and inflammations. Many eyelid problems can be treated with medications, but for others, your doctor may recommend surgery as the best option.
To best meet your needs and help with any possible vision problem you may develop as you grow older, remember to make and keep regular appointments with your eye doctor. Your doctor can help with the early diagnosis and treatment of any problem that could be growing without your knowledge, and help you with the right medications and eye wear.
Protecting your vision is always important, but it is even more so as we begin to age. A trained eye doctor can provide you with the high quality care you need to see clearly throughout your life.
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