Aging Eyes - Robbing Your Vision
Author: Sara Goldstein
Nothing threatens your vision in more ways than age. Changes to your vision creep up as you age and suddenly these changes in eyesight rob you of your independence, when valued the most. Yet, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI), careful monitoring of your eye health and regular eye exams from an eye doctor in your area can help have good vision well into old age.
A scientific doctor with the National Institutes of Health says that America will spend between and million dollars on eye problems and that one American becomes blind or has severe vision loss every 11 minutes. Being aware of common age-related eye problems and knowing the warning signs of eye health concerns associated with age can curb the debilitating effects of eye problems.
Some say that cataracts are so common in aging eyes that this condition is a normal part of aging. Approximately half of all aging adults, aged 65 or older have eyes with cataract formation. Move up another decade and these numbers increase significantly. Knowing what causes cataracts and addressing your cataracts early can considerably improve your vision, especially with new options that offer implantable lenses that offer vision correction at ranges of vision. Common Symptoms of Cataracts include:
- Clouded or blurred vision
- Night vision difficulty
- Need for brighter light to see
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions
After the age of 40, your risk of developing glaucoma escalates with each passing decade. Estimates show that by 2020, Americans with glaucoma will increase by 50 percent to 3.6 million, so knowing the is important. Common symptoms of Glaucoma include:
- Blurred vision
- Severe eye pain
- Haloes around lights
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Among American seniors, macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration and AMD, is the leading cause of blindness. Affecting more than 1.75 million people in the U.S., this number is expected to rise to almost three million, given our aging population.
Common Macular Degeneration Symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Straight lines become crooked or wavy
- Dark, empty area appearing in center vision
- Drusen - yellow deposits under the retina
The NEI puts the number of Americans over the age of 40 with diabetes at around 10.2 million. Experts predict that 30% of people with diabetes have not yet been diagnosed. In the first group of Americans over the age of 40 with diabetes, the NEI estimates that 40 percent of those have diabetic retinopathy.
Common Diabetic Retinopathy symptoms:
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Floaters in your vision
- Eye pain
- Partial or total loss of vision