Age and Eyesight

Presbyopia

A reduction in our ability to see clearly may result from the natural ageing process of the eye. Some of the conditions which may arise from aging eyes include:Presbyopia affects persons over the age of 40. Our ability to view objects at close range gradually diminishes. Reading glasses, progressives or bifocals can assist us to see clearly at these close distances.

Cataract

A cataract occurs when the crystalline lens within the eye becomes “cloudy”. Patients will experience sensitivity to bright lights and a progressive reduction in vision when viewing objects at all distances. The spectacle prescription may change more often than in the past making it necessary to have more frequent eye examinations.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged. It is commonly caused by raised intra ocular pressures in the eyes. The most dangerous thing about this disease is that there may be no noticeable symptoms until the disease is in the late stages.

Floaters

Floaters are tiny opaque spots that move with the eye. They are common occurrences and may occur as part of the normal ageing process. However, sudden changes in the size and number of the floaters should be immediately reported to an Ophthalmologist.

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration usually affects older adults and results in the loss of central vision due to damage to the macula

Diabetes and hypertension

Diabetes and Hypertension (high blood pressure) also adversely affect your eyesight if not properly controlled.

Schedule an annual eye exam

A yearly eye examination is essential to ensure that we detect, monitor and manage these conditions as your eyes grow older. Schedule an appointment now.