As we grow older, it’s almost inevitable we have some trouble doing some things we used to be able when we were younger. More so once we reach our 60s, which is more or less when many health issues come to the surface. This includes age-related eye problems.
In the case of vision problems, it’s best to visit our eye doctors regularly for eye exams. These exams help us find out if there are any conditions we should be concerned about so we can seek treatment or therapy.
However, in addition to regular check-ups, knowing the warning signs to certain eye problems can help us be one step ahead of any possible vision problems and probably save our eyesight. Being equipped with information like this can help us avoid or lessen sight loss, especially if we’re able to take the proper steps right away.
Here are some things we should be vigilant about especially in our old age:
- Spots floating in your field of vision – Also called spots and floaters. While this can be caused by vitreous detachment, a benign condition older people are susceptible to, this can also be a sign of retinal detachment. Because the latter can lead to loss of vision, it’s important to see your ophthalmologist or optometric physician immediately.
- Nausea paired with eye pain and redness – these may be symptoms of sudden narrow-angle glaucoma where your iris is pushed or pulled forward, blocking the eye’s drainage angle. This may cause loss of peripheral vision so it’s important to see the eye doctor immediately to reduce the pressure on the eye and prevent vision loss.
- Dry feeling in your eye – this is called the dry eye syndrome, a non-sight threatening condition that is signified by an irritated sensation in your eye and some tearing up. This can be treated by over-the-counter or prescription eye drops depending on what your eye doctor recommends.
- Double vision – Also called diplopia, is when you see a two images of a single object simultaneously. This is usually a sign of an underlying health problem such as a stroke, diabetes, migraines, or cancer (to name a few). Upon experiencing this, it’s essential to see a physician immediately.
- Blind spots or distortion of images – This can be a sign of macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD), a leading cause of vision loss in older people. AMD is usually signaled by a gradual but painless loss of vision. Regular eye exams can usually help us determine if we’re on likely to have AMD which doesn’t have an outright cure right now but can be delayed.
These are just some warning signs we should look out for if we’re interested in maintaining healthy vision. Still, as most physicians recommend, it’s best to get proper exercise and nutrition and have regular check-ups to ensure that we’re in our best form even as we grow older.
If over 60 and worried that you’ve been experiencing the abovementioned symptoms, visit your ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as possible. Greenacres, Florida residents and those from nearby towns and cities may also consult with Dr. Hetel Bhakta, optometric physician and owner of Planet Vision Eyecare Co. for expert diagnosis and treatment of age-related eye conditions.