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Vision Health in Seniors: Understanding the Importance
Senior Eye Vision
It’s no surprise that seniors (ages 65 and over) are more susceptible to issues with eyesight and vision health. But, did you know that health issues affecting other parts of your body can actually take a toll on vision health? Regular eye exams become more and more important as someone ages.
Age-Related Vision Problems
There are a variety of eye issues and vision problems that can change someone’s vision permanently. These can include:
- Age-related macular degeneration – AMD is an eye disease that affects the macula and causes vision loss. Typically, peripheral vision remains unaffected. AMD is characterized by issues with driving, watching tv, recognizing faces and reading.
- Cataracts – This is very common as individuals age and is characterized by cloudy or opaque areas that often blur vision. They can sometimes develop in both eyes at the same time and cause issues with sensitivity.
- Dry eye – Another common vision problem in seniors is dry eye. Over time, it can become more difficult to produce tears and can cause a chronic problem for seniors.
- Glaucoma – When there is damage to the optic nerve endings, it can result in vision loss. There are typically no warning signs or symptoms of the disease, but over time it can cause vision loss.
- Retinal Tear – Retinal detachment is most often caused by health conditions such as diabetes, inflammatory eye disorders, or trauma to the eye. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent vision loss.
Treatment for Vision Issues in Seniors
As with most things, regular check-ups with an eye doctor are the best way to prevent major vision issues for seniors. Optometrists can help diagnose any issues and offer advice to deal with vision loss. Most often they recommend glasses, magnifying glasses, and prescription sunglasses.
Offering Support for Seniors at McGregor PACE
Navigating health issues can become more difficult as you age. If you are 55 or older, consider finding support through the many services we offer at McGregor PACE. When driving becomes challenging because of vision issues, it’s important to find the help and support you need.
Contact us today or call 216.791.3580 to learn more about our offerings for seniors.