Age Related Vision Problems

As Grandparents Day approaches this Sunday, September 9th
we need to be aware of age related vision problems our parents and grandparents
may be experiencing.  

·    Cataracts – Cloudy, blurry or dim vision,
Difficulty seeing at night, Sensitivity to light and glare, Fading or yellowing
of colors

·    Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a group of diseases that are
usually associated with abnormally high pressure inside the eye. This pressure
can damage the millions of nerve fibers that carry visual information from your
eye to your brain (optic nerve) and the point where the fibers meet (optic

·    Macular degeneration – Age-related
macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when tissue in the macula — the part of your
retina that’s responsible for the center of your visual field — deteriorates. 

·    Eye floaters – Your
eyeball is filled with a jelly-like substance called vitreous humor. As you
age, the vitreous can become more liquid than jelly-like. When this happens, microscopic fibers within the vitreous tend to clump together. These clumps can
cast tiny shadows on your retina, which you may see as spots and specks — or
floaters in your field of vision.

·    Retinal vessel
occlusion is a common complication of diabetes or

·    Retinal detachment occurs
when the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, lifts or
pulls away from its normal position. This causes a sudden or gradual increase
in light flashes or “floaters.” Floaters are “cobwebs” or specks that
float in your field of vision. You need treatment right away to prevent lasting
vision loss.


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