As a leading eye care provider in Northern Michigan, Alpine Eye Care is concerned with the vision of all of our patients no matter what age. While not all seniors will suffer eye problems, it is probable that you will suffer some sort of issue as you age. Diseases and problems which commonly arise as we all age include three very common eye problems. These most common of eye diseases affecting the vision of seniors include:
A yellowing and clouding of the clear lens inside your eye that helps you focus light. Although it is not uncommon, it does not have to impair your vision forever. Cataract surgery is relatively simple, quick and not horribly painful generally. Contact your local Alpine Eye Care to learn more about cataracts.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Occurring more often in adults over 50, this is one of the leading causes of vision loss. Macular degeneration is a loss of central vision but does not cause complete blindness.
A leading cause of blindness in seniors, Glaucoma has many different symptoms if you catch them early you may help prevent further damage. It is very important that you get your eyes checked frequently as you age.
Uveitis specifically refers to inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, termed the “uvea” but in common usage may refer to any inflammatory process involving the interior of the eye. Uveitis is estimated to be responsible for approximately 10% of the blindness in the United States. Uveitis requires an urgent referral and thorough examination by an ophthalmologist along with urgent treatment to control the inflammation.
A common problem for millions of people, eye floaters are the tiny spots the drift aimlessly throughout your field of vision. They are most often caused when tiny pieces of the vitreous layer break loose within the back portion of the eye. Though they are generally not considered a cause for alarm, but should be mentioned in case it is something more serious. Most spots and floaters in the eye are harmless and merely annoying, though surgery may be performed.
When the eye does not produce enough tears to sufficiently lubricate and nourish you may be suffering from dry eye, an often chronic problem in older adults. If you suffer from symptoms such as excess watering or blurred vision, irritation, scratchy or burning eyes, see your doctor. Your condition may be easily controlled with medicated eye drops.
A corneal ulcer is an inflammatory or more seriously, infective condition of the cornea involving disruption of its epithelial layer with involvement of the corneal stroma.
Senior Eye Care Is Important To Alpine Eye Care
We want to help you maintain your eye health throughout your life. Whether you are facing a disease which will require a medical procedure to repair or simply an issue which requires only time or a less invasive fix such as medication, Alpine Eye Care has the ability to assist you with your eye care needs. Your vision is important no matter what your age and it is just as important for you to get regular checkups for your eyes no matter what your age. If you notice changes in your vision, make an appointment right away to avoid being one of the millions of seniors suffering from preventable eye issues.
If you are a senior in need of eye care in Northern Michigan, contact Alpine Eye Care to let us assist you.
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