Changing eyesight is a natural part of aging. By the time people reach 40 years of age, their eyes can begin to develop presbyopia, or the inability to focus on small details close up. At Foster Vision, we recommend that all of our patients come in for eye exams every year when they reach 40, both for vision purposes and to check for common eye diseases that can develop as the eyes age.
Common Eye Diseases in Seniors
Aging eyes are more susceptible to developing a long list of eye diseases and conditions. We see patients of all ages with eye disease, but it’s much more likely after the age of 50. Some of the more common problems we screen for are:
More than half of all people in this country have cataracts, making cataract surgery one of the most common surgical procedures in the world. Clouding lenses cause cataract patients to have blurred vision.
Clogged ducts can cause fluid to build up inside the eye, creating pressure that does damage to the retina. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent blindness.
The precursor to glaucoma increased pressure inside the eyeball can be treated before it damages the eyesight. One in 10 people will develop this symptom by the age of 40.
Age-related Macular Degeneration
The back of your eye has a spot for objects to focus called the macula. If this area begins to break down, it can begin to cause distortion of fine lines, as well as permanent damage to your central vision.
All of these conditions and diseases can develop in your eyes for months or years without creating any symptoms. You can actually have one of these eye conditions for a long time without ever suspecting you have a problem. Since early diagnosis and treatment are often the only way to prevent or slow the damage these diseases can cause, the only way to save your eyesight is often by having your eyes examined on a regular basis. If our optometrist finds the beginning signs of any eye disease, she can monitor the disease’s progress and begin treatment at the best time, before any damage is done.
Make an Appointment for Senior Eye Exams in Portland
Having your eyes examined by a caring professional is the best way to make sure you’ve got clear vision long into your senior years. If you haven’t had your senior eye exams in at least a year, it’s time to call and schedule an appointment now. Give us a call at (503) 546-4460 and we’ll schedule an exam today.