The aging process causes many changes in your body, and your eyes are no exception. In today’s post, your trusted eye doctor from Six One Six Vision Center discusses the most common age-related eye conditions for your understanding:
Your eyes’ natural lenses are primarily composed of protein and water. Protein breakdown in your body increases as you age, which can cause protein fragments to deposit on your lenses’ surface. Also known as cataracts, these protein deposits can restrict light entry into your eyes, clouding your vision. We can surgically remove them to give you better visual clarity.
As you age, your eyes’ natural lenses eventually lose their flexibility, which interferes with the light-bending and focusing cycles in your eyes. As a result, your close-range vision may suffer, which is why many older people wear reading glasses. We may prescribe multi-powered eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve your close-range vision.
Your central visual capacity is largely dependent on your macula and retina, which can deteriorate due to the aging process, losing their functionality. Macular degeneration is currently one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and seeing your eye specialist regularly are some of the most effective ways to prevent this condition and preserve your eyesight.
A recent study also showed that individuals aged 65 and above with moderate to severe signs of blindness are also more likely to develop dementia later on. This is why your reliable optometrist emphasizes the importance of a solid preventive eye care plan. It can help in the prevention and prompt detection of ocular problems, reducing your risk of dementia as you age.
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