The American Ophthalmology Association states that everyone must maintain good eye health even with advancing age. Once you reach your golden years, your risk of developing serious eye diseases increases. That is why you must see your eye doctor for regular comprehensive eye exams. Asking the right questions will allow you to learn more about your eye health after age 50. Below are the six questions that you must consider.
You can see if you have early-onset AMD at home. Looking at some words with one eye covered will allow you to see if the eye is seeing missing letters or blurry images. Any vision change is enough to inform your eye doctor. You may need to be aware of more symptoms, depending on your eye condition.
This is an eye condition that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts, or even surgery. Low vision affects aging individuals. Below are some of the symptoms you should watch out for:
The lights do not seem bright enough
The individual cannot see well while doing daily chores
The individual finds it challenging to read street signs
It seems difficult to recognize the faces of family and friends
A cataract clouds the natural lenses. This condition impairs vision. Without treatment, a cataract can lead to vision loss. If you have AMD and cataracts, it could be difficult to say which is causing visual impairment. Both eye conditions contribute to vision loss. You may experience some vision improvement after your cataract surgery if this is the case.
Some eye conditions can worsen because of aging. You can correct or prevent many of them with the following practices:
Having an annual dilated eye exam is ideal if you have a family history of eye ailments or diabetes.
See an eye doctor right away if you have eye pain, redness, discharge, or swelling.
A regular checkup with your attending physician can help determine diseases that may be causing or worsening your eye condition.
Patients with drusen (white spots under the retina) and early AMD can still maintain reading vision for five years following diagnosis. The risk of losing reading vision depends on the size and number of drusen. The condition of the other eye and other pigment abnormalities can impact this risk as well. Injection treatments can help maintain reading vision even weeks after the onset of wet AMD symptoms.
People with vision loss can wear vision devices to help with partial vision loss or low vision. These devices are stronger than conventional prescription glasses. Telescopic glasses, magnifying glasses, and electronic devices can help a person with low vision see better.
After 50 years of age, you can ask your eye doctor the necessary questions to help you prepare for possible treatments. At Insight Eyecare, we are always ready to help our patients before, during, and after their procedures. Please visit our clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a one-on-one consultation. Call us at 702-718-7163 to schedule an appointment or ask about our different treatment packages.