AGING AND THE EYES

AGING AND THE EYES

Certain vision problems are encountered as we grow older and are mostly common for adults in their early 40s and above.

Here are some common problems with the vision they encounter:

  1. Presbyopia: This is when the lens of the eye becomes less flexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. You will notice stretching her hands further away from your eyes to enable you see the tiny prints better.
  2. Cataracts: These are cloudy areas that form in the lens of the eye, resulting in blurry or hazy vision. It's like looking through a foggy window!
  3. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): This condition affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. It can cause a decline in sharp, detailed vision, making it difficult to read or recognize faces.
  4. Glaucoma: This is what we commonly call the silent thief of sight. Though it occurs in the young, it predominantly occurs as we age. It often goes unnoticed until it progresses, resulting in peripheral (side) vision loss.
  5. Dry eyes: As we get older, our eyes might produce fewer tears, leading to dryness, irritation, and a gritty feeling.

 

   But worry not! These common age-related vision problems are often treatable or manageable with the help of various interventions such as glasses and contact lenses. Modern medicine and eye care have made great strides in managing and treating these conditions, allowing us to continue enjoying the beauty of the world around us.

Remember, it's always a good idea to visit an eye care professional regularly to ensure your eyes stay healthy and happy throughout the journey of life.

 

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