Every September, the American Academy of Ophthalmology celebrates Healthy Aging Month to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of vision loss. Unfortunately, many older adults neglect to see an ophthalmologist for care, resulting in a variety of eye issues, from cataracts to complete blindness. Discover four of the most common eye problems, and learn how to take the appropriate steps to ensure that they don’t happen to you.
Cataracts are an age-related development, commonly found in people aged 50 or older. Characterized by a clouding of the lens in the eye, if left untreated, can lead to severe vision loss. Luckily, cataracts can be completely cured through surgery, so it’s important to watch out for the signs.
The leading cause of blindness, macular degeneration is characterized by damage to the area of the retina that perceives light (the macula). The main risk factors include age, smoking, and family history. Current treatments can slow the progression of the disease, so it’s important to schedule a regular eye exam.
Glaucoma causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and continues to become worse over time. The condition has few or no initial symptoms, and if left untreated, can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness. Once detected, glaucoma can be treated with surgery, medicated eye drops, or other methods.
Caused by a weakening of the collagen fibers inside the cornea, keratoconus is characterized as a structural failure of the eye. If left untreated, the patient may need an invasive cornea transplant. If detected early, there are a variety of treatments that can be performed to avoid the need for a transplant.
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