Jul 19

Good Vision, Golden Age: Eye Care Concerns for Seniors

Eye Care for Seniors - Mandeville, LA

Posted by Neil Notaroberto M.D.

An old man undergoing an eye examHere at EyeCare 20/20, we take great pride in helping the people of Mandeville see clearly. That's why we always strive to ensure patients achieve optimal vision, no matter their age. We offer eye care services for all ages, which means excellent vision for the years ahead.

With that in mind, let's look at some of the vision issues that the elderly face and what we can do about them.

Presbyopia

Presbyopia refers to a type of farsightedness (hyperopia) that sets in during middle age (typically around 45). The condition leads to a greater difficulty to see nearby objects, such as reading material. This is an unavoidable part of the aging process, and the result of the lenses of the eyes losing flexibility.

Treatments for Presbyopia

There are a few different treatments available for presbyopia. In terms of non-surgical treatments, the most common treatments include the use of bifocals or multiple pairs of glasses. As far as surgical options, monovision LASIK can be performed to improve overall vision quality, and you can also have the rigid lenses of the eyes replaced by intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are artificial lenses that restore vision quality.

Cataracts

Cataracts are another common vision issue that seniors face. It refers to the clouding of the lenses of the eye, resulting in hazy or blurry vision as well as a milky appearance to the irises. The most common causes of cataracts is long-term wear and tear to the eyes caused by UV rays, though physical trauma, medications, eye surgeries, and smoking can also contribute to cataract formation.

Treatments for Cataracts

When cataracts are minor, the most ideal treatment option for cataracts is the use of corrective lenses, which can improve vision quality and help address low vision issues. When cataracts become more serious, the most ideal option to consider is a routine cataract removal. Sometimes IOLs may also be used to replace the removed lenses.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)

The macular is the central portion of the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye necessary for proper vision. With advanced age, it's possible for the macula to break down, whether the result of an accumulation of drusen around the macula (dry AMD, which is more common) or the leaking blood vessels in the retina (wet AMD).

Treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)

While there is no cure for dry or wet AMD, there are a number of treatments available that can prevent further vision loss and stabilize your vision. In many cases there are vitamins and nutritional supplements that can be taken to address the condition as well as prescription medications/ Laser therapy may be recommended if non-surgical treatments are ineffective.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of permanent vision loss in the world. The condition is causes by increase pressure within the eyes (intraocular pressure), which causes damage to the optic nerve. While glaucoma is not related to age per se, people who are at risk of glaucoma are more likely to develop glaucoma when they get older.

Treatments for Glaucoma

Glaucoma itself is an untreatable condition, but there are different treatments that can help reduce intraocular pressure and slow the progress of further vision loss. Initially, patients may take different kinds of medications in eyedrop and pill form that can reduce pressure inside of the eyes. Surgical treatments to promote drainage and reduced eye pressure are also options to consider.

Learn More About Eye Care in Advanced Age

To learn more about eye care for seniors and how our team can help you achieve excellent vision, be sure to contact our advanced eye care center today. We at EyeCare 20/20 are committed to improving your vision and enhancing the health of your eyes.

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