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What Are the Common Age-Related Vision Disorders?

Vision changes are common as we age. However, we shouldn’t write this off as normal. There is nothing normal about blurry vision or blindness. Without proper treatment, age-related vision problems can gradually get worse over time. This is why seeing an eye doctor regularly is crucial to your eye health.

If you want to lower your risk of developing these eyesight problems, or at least slow their progression, here are some simple tips you can follow.

Do you often find it hard to read fine print? You probably have macular degeneration; it’s a common age-related eye condition. This vision disorder affects the retina, involving a breakdown of the cells. As a result, you may experience symptoms like hazy vision, seeing less vivid colors or difficulty recognizing people’s faces.

Glaucoma is one of the common causes of blindness in the elderly. Damage to the optic nerves and increased pressure inside the eyes are among the triggers of this condition. In most cases, glaucoma, in its early stages, doesn’t display any apparent symptoms. The risk of developing this vision disorder is increased by having refractive problems like farsightedness or nearsightedness, diabetes, past eye injuries and a family history of glaucoma.

Cataracts are characterized by blurry vision due to the formation of a cloudy film over the lens. About half of Americans aged 80 and above suffer from this vision disorder. Symptoms of cataracts include double vision, difficulty seeing in dim light, sensitivity to glare and seeing faded colors.

Other age-related eye conditions affect the retina. Blurry vision may result when blood vessels in the retina leak blood or fluid. Retinal conditions are common in people with glaucoma or diabetes.


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