After the age of 40, you may experience changes to your vision. Even if you’ve never needed eyeglasses before, you might find that you suddenly need a pair for activities like reading or looking at your phone.
In this post, Opti-Care highlights common eye conditions that arise later in life.
Macular degeneration is a condition in which the macula, which is a part of the retina, begins to deteriorate and lose functionality. There are two types of macular degeneration: the dry type known as non-neovascular and the wet type known as exudative. The dry form is more common and involves a buildup of waste from cells in the eyes, which leads to a slow progression of vision loss. The wet form involves the formation of new blood vessels that leak fluid behind the retina.
It is possible for the dry form to transition into the wet form. The wet form is managed by injecting medication into your eyes via clinical procedure, while the dry form can be managed with eye drops and vision supporting vitamins.
Cataracts occur when the natural lens of your eye becomes cloudy, resulting in a gradual decline in vision that can’t be corrected by wearing glasses. Cataracts can lead to vision loss. Fortunately, an eye doctor can perform a surgical procedure to reverse vision loss from cataracts.
Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve sustains damage that can cause optic neuropathy. The condition is caused by an increase in pressure in the eye due to fluid buildup. This pressure can eventually damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss. Glaucoma is sometimes called “the silent thief of sight” because it is asymptomatic in the early stages, making it hard to detect, especially if you don’t undergo regular eye exams. That’s why it’s important to undergo regular eye exams.
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