EyeSight & Age
Age changes everything--even your eyes and vision. At Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, and Dr. Robert Mason are the board-certified ophthalmologists who help you with your age-related changes, preserving your sight, mobility, functionality, and peace of mind.
Everyone's sight changes
But, your vision may not change in the same way your spouse or your sisters does. For instance, most adults experience presbyopia in their forties. Presbyopia is the reduced ability to see small, up-close objects and print clearly. Hence, they end up wearing reading glasses. However, many individuals don't require them for many years later.
Other age-related vision problems may be considered nuisances as well. They include:
- Blepharitis, an infection of the oil glands on the eyelid (they tend to plug up in the elderly)
- Benign floaters (tiny black specks which move across the field of vision and typically resolve over time)
- Dry eyes
- Excessive tearing
More serious vision problems
Many stem from poorly controlled hypertension or diabetes, both of which may worsen with the aging process. Serious eye diseases and conditions include:
- Glaucoma, or increased intraocular pressure, is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, says the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Detected and treated early by your doctor at Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, glaucoma may be well-managed.
- Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the yellow macula at the center of the retina. Responsible for sharp, clear vision in the middle of the field of vision, the macula is highly light-sensitive. But, after age 60, that ability may decrease sharply, says the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
- Diabetic retinopathy happens when high blood sugars adversely impact the small blood vessels at the back of the eye. Unchecked, retinopathy leads to blurry vision, eye pain, and even blindness.
Eyesight and age
While advancing age doesn't preclude good vision, chances are you will not see as well as you once did. A yearly eye examination with your ophthalmologist can detect changes--from the most benign to the most serious. Your eye doctor is an expert on the latest treatments, medications, and surgeries. He or she can help you with glasses, cataracts and low-vision aids, too.