September is Healthy Aging Month, so what better time to talk about vision than this month. For those of you out there struggling with vision problems as you reach the second half of your life or even if you are just wondering what might happen to your vision as you get older, hopefully this article can shed some light on your concerns and give you a better idea of what to do when things get tricky down the road.
Regular eye exams are important. For those of you 60 and older, your vision will begin to degrade. It’s one of the curses of getting older, but not to worry, there are plenty of ways to fix your vision so long as you catch the issues early. This is where eye exams come into play. For those 60 and over, annual eye exams are important to keeping your eyes in the best condition. Eye exams are also a good way to find out if there is something else ailing you. Diabetes or hypertension can cause vision problems at any stage, so catching them early with a vision exam helps you prepare beforehand and gives you ample time to go over your options for fixing the problem.
There are many different eye related diseases to be wary of as you get older. Age-related Macular Degeneration that effects the center of the light sensitive retina in your eye, causing vision loss. The affected area, the macula, is used to see fine detail and color, meaning that as it ages, reading, watching TV, and other similar activities will become increasingly difficult. Cataracts are cloudy portions of your vision that can develop in both eyes. Depending on where they appear, you may experience vision problems. Diabetic Retinopathy is when the blood vessels that nourish the retina are damaged due to diabetes, resulting in cloudy or unstable vision. Dry eyes come from age and mean a person produces less or low-quality tears, drying out the eyes. This is a chronic issue in old age and hard to avoid, but treated with relative ease through eye drops and other supplements. Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve which results in the loss of peripheral vision. It is painless and the symptoms are hard to spot. Retinal detachment is the tearing of the retina from the underlying tissue. If not dealt with quickly, it can result in permanent vision loss.
All of these issues can affect many aspects of your life. Driving at any time of the day, especially night, becomes dangerous since you no longer have the clarity of vision you once had. Reading becomes a chore because it is hard to focus on the words individually. Watching TV means that sometimes it is just a colorful blur. Get ahead of the problem and solve it by taking care of yourself. Your eyes are a one-time deal; if they give out, you don’t get a second chance. Make sure you take the best possible care of yourself and your eyes to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.