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We all get older, and as we do, our physical structures and functions change. This is just as true for the eye as it is for any other part of the body -- and just as certain physical symptoms become more vulnerable to age-related conditions, your aging eyes face an elevated risk for certain diseases and disorders that can imperil your vision. If you're over 60 years of age, it's time to schedule an Oak Park senior eye exam right here at Compass Eye Care.
Seniors may fall prey to a combination of eye-specific issues and underlying age-related conditions that can cause problems for the eyes. Eye conditions associated with aging include:
Cataracts - Most people who live long enough will eventually develop some degree of cataracts. This clouding of the proteins in the lens can cause low or blurred vision, altered color perception, sensitivity to glare and sunburst or halo patterns around bright light sources.
Glaucoma - Excess fluid pressure inside the eye can damage the optic nerves eventually causing vision loss. Peripheral vision is usually the first thing to go.
Dry Eye - Tear production naturally declines with age, and this can deprive the eyes of necessary hydration, lubrication, and protection. Dry eye can cause irritation, redness, blurred vision and even corneal injury.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - AMD's symptoms may become evident by age 65 in many patients. This progressive damage to the macula (a section of the retina) can make it impossible for you to read or recognize faces.
Diabetic Retinopathy - Type 2 diabetes becomes increasingly common with age, and uncontrolled diabetes can destroy the blood vessels that serve the retina. This problem, which can lead to vision loss and bleeding within the eye, is called diabetic retinopathy.
Ocular Hypertension - Ocular hypertension is the elevated fluid pressure inside the eye that often leads to the optic nerve destruction of glaucoma. It is more likely to occur after the age of 40.
These age-related eye problems don't necessarily display symptoms until they're well advanced. That's why your Oak Park senior optometrist, Dr. Alex Tan, urges you to schedule annual senior eye exams after the age of 60. If you're at special risk for a particular age-related eye disorder, our Oak Park senior eye care center may recommend even more frequent visits so your eyes can get the monitoring and care they need as early as possible. Our tests include:
Contact Compass Eye Care at 708-383-2150 to schedule a senior eye exam with our Oak Park senior optometrist. We can help your eyes age more gracefully!