4 Eye Conditions to Look Out for as You Age

Posted November 2, 2021 by in Health + Fitness

There is a common association between loss of vision and aging. This is because most people experience a loss of vision as they get older for some reason or another time.

In some cases, vision loss simply is due to a worsening glasses prescription as time goes on. However, there are a number of eye diseases that are common with age and can develop and worsen over time.

Some such conditions are the result of damage sustained over time. Others are hereditary and can be passed along through family lines. Still, others seem to occur at random and with no real explanation behind them. That being said, in the majority of cases, early detection is key to preserving your vision as you age.

With that in mind, here are four of the more common eye conditions that you should look out for as your age:

1. Presbyopia

It isn’t uncommon for most people to take up the use of reading glasses as they start to get older. This is typically due to the development of a condition called presbyopia. Generally speaking, presbyopia refers to the onset of nearsightedness as one gets older.

Typically setting in around the age of 40 or later, presbyopia isn’t anything to be overly concerned about. However, should this condition progress to a degree that is simply unmanageable with reading glasses, there are certain vision-correcting procedures that you might wish to consider.

2. Cataracts

Another incredibly common eye condition that tends to be associated with aging is that of cataracts. This is a condition wherein cloudy patches develop on the lenses of your eyes, impeding your vision and making it unclear.

In the early stages, corrective lenses can go a long way to helping correct the effects of cataracts. However, advanced stages might mean that surgery is required to correct your vision well enough for you to see properly going forward. Therefore, it is always best to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to ascertain your options with your cataracts.

3. Dry Eyes

As you get older, other mechanisms associated with your vision can begin to deteriorate. One such mechanism is that of your tear ducts. Your tear ducts are what supply your eyes with the lubrication that they need to remain comfortable and healthy. 

Aging, however, can see a slowing of the production of tears. Not only can this make your eyes more uncomfortable, but it can also make them more susceptible to infection and injury. 

While minor cases of dry eyes can be addressed with lubricating drops, advanced cases might require a form of corrective surgery.

4. Glaucoma

The pressure that exists in your eyes is a delicate thing that the body tends to regulate on its own. However, as you age, the pressure in your eyes can increase, resulting in a condition called glaucoma. 

If left untreated, glaucoma can progress to dangerous levels and result in complete vision loss. Therefore, early detection is key when it comes to addressing glaucoma.

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