3 Common Eye Problems in Senior Citizens


As you age, so do your eyes. Because they are used so much, they can become tired and unable to fight off health issues. For that reason, senior citizens are more likely to develop eye issues than someone who is younger. While chronic dry eyes, conjunctivitis, and eyelid problems are all possible developments, here are 3 of the most common issues developed among the elderly.

  1. Cataracts are cloudy spots that cover the lens inside of the eye. It makes it more difficult for light to pass through and can cause impaired vision. These tend to develop slowly and don’t cause any discomfort or redness. While some cataracts can remain on the eye without causing any serious issues, if they become too thick or problematic they may need surgery.
  2. Glaucoma occurs when too much fluid and pressure is present within the eyes. Normally this issue develops after being caused by another factor. Inflammation, eye injury, blocked blood vessels, and infections can all lead to glaucoma. If not treated immediately upon onset, it can lead to permanent loss of vision.
  3. Presbyopia happens when your eyes become unable to read objects up close. It can also make it difficult to read small print. Most often, those who suffer from this condition use reading glasses or bifocals to help them correct their vision loss.

If you suspect you are suffering from one of the above conditions, don’t wait to get an exam. Call Harry W. Chan, OD, today.

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