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Most Common Vision Problems After 60

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Vision problems are likely to occur after 60. Some vision problems may be common, while others may be serious. You need to take a close look if you are experiencing any eye-related issues.

Following are the most common vision conditions that affect people after 60. Let’s learn about the symptoms and treatment of each eye condition.

Most Common Vision Problems

1.      Presbyopia

It is the condition that makes your vision blurred, and you can’t see objects of small size and print. It is a common condition that causes due to age factors. You may start to experience this problem after 40. The best way to overcome the situation is to wear reading glasses and contacts.

2.      Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the severe damage in the optic nerve that can result in blindness and vision loss. Initially, you may not feel any symptoms, so you may not realize them at an early stage. When you experience glaucoma, your peripheral vision fails gradually.

You can get treatment through different medications in the form of pills and eye drops. If the condition is severe, medication alone may not work. You may need surgical intervention or laser treatment to prevent or slow further damage.

3.      Floaters

Floaters are tiny spots or specks that gist across your visual field. You will experience them when looking at a bright screen or in daylight. It is usually normal but may turn into a severe eye condition.

Suppose you feel its sudden onset in experiencing the number of spots or flashes you see, regardless of age. In that case, you need to consult an eye specialist immediately. They may recommend medication to treat the eye condition.

4.      Scotoma

It is the condition you experience with the symptoms of blind spots in your vision. You may feel it either in the center of the image or around the edges.

You can feel it as a spot of flickering light around or in the center of your vision.

The primary symptoms include the spotted area from dark to light condition, blurred vision, and flickering. Eye specialists may recommend different medicines to treat the issue.

5.      Dry eyes

Dry eyes are the most common condition that happens at the age of 60. It appears when your tear glands are unable to function as well as before. You may feel itching, burning, or red eyes.

Your eye specialist may suggest using a humidifier at your home. Moreover, they can prescribe eye drops, medicine, or even surgery in severe cases.

6.      Cataracts

A cataract is an eye condition that causes you to experience clouding of the eyes. The eye lens is made of water and protein. If the protein clusters together, it may start the incomprehensible transmission of light through the lens. If the condition worsens, it may affect your vision directly.

7.      Retinal disorders 

Retinal disorders can affect thin lining on the back of your eyes. The cells get together visual images and direct them to your brain. If you face any problem in your retina, it may affect image transfer. If you get an early diagnosis, you may have more chances to get recover through medication.

Take Away

Most eye problems need to be detected and cured as early as possible to prevent prolonged damage. A comprehensive, annual eye exam is a good option to get complete detail of your eye condition. It will also help to treat the disease at an early stage with promising results.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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