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Your Eyes and Aging

eye exam chartAs we age, our eyesight will naturally show a gradual decline. We may not be able to see as clearly as we used to, and colors may seem less vibrant than before. In particular, many of us experience loss of reading vision and other fine detail, necessitating reading glasses or other measures.However, annual eye examinations are an important part of aging, as an eye care specialist will be able to properly differentiate between natural processes and those more serious diseases that can potentially cause permanent eyesight damage. Depending on the cause of your vision loss, our experienced team of ophthalmologists and optometrists will assist you in finding ways to correct, treat, or maintain your ability to see properly.

Age-Related Vision Problems

Virtually everyone will experience at least a slight decline in eyesight as they get older. Identifying problems in your vision can be important in order to maintain a better quality of life, as well as to avoid potential injuries (for example, trips or falls). Changes in your eyes – such as losing elasticity in the eye’s natural lens (presbyopia), a decrease in pupil size, and yellowing of the lens – can all lead to vision problems. These changes can mean that seeing in dim light or darkness becomes more difficult, colors can blend together or fade, or you might experience a lack of clarity and focus in your vision, especially up close. Although these causes are all part of the natural aging process, they can usually be treated or corrected after being diagnosed in an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Diseases of the Eye

Diseases of the eye, including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, can cause significant vision loss. All of these problems are most easily treated when caught early, so the best way to prevent permanent damage to your eyesight is to be seen yearly for an eye exam. Without regular visits to an ophthalmologist, these diseases can go undetected for years, as they generally will not show signs or symptoms until damage has already been done.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is another disease that can be caused by the natural aging process, leading to blind spots or distorted vision. AMD cannot be eliminated, but once detected, further damage can be prevented.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help to prevent these diseases from developing or worsening. Furthermore, smoking can increase your risk for many of these diseases.

In order to preserve your eyesight, please schedule an appointment today for your annual eye exam. Our highly trained eye care specialists can help improve your eyesight and avoid damage to your vision so you can continue to enjoy life to the fullest!

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