Old age signifies a number of exciting life events. You’re wiser, more experienced, and may even have the joy of grandchildren.
Other facets of life aren’t nearly as fun, particularly a loss or degradation of your eyesight. Fortunately, you have a number of solutions and alternatives to overcome poor eyesight due to age. From glasses to minimally invasive procedures, you can still enjoy decent or above-average eyesight during your golden years.
How Vision Changes as You Age
Vision changes as you age are normal, although the severity of the changes ranges widely from person to person. While some individuals may experience little to no difference in their eyesight, others may suffer from more severe complications. The source of poor vision is highly dependent on heredity and genetics, but education and regular dilated eye exams can help catch more serious complications early.
Common vision changes that many older people experience include:
● Presbyopia, which is when the lens of the eye loses its elasticity.
● Cataracts, which is a clouding of the lens of the eye.
● Dry eyes.
● Loss of peripheral vision.
● Vitreous detachment, also known as “spots” or “floaters.”
● Reduced pupil size, which can often cause sensitivity to light.
More severe eye complications and diseases to look out for as you age include:
● Macular degeneration, which occurs when the center of the retina deteriorates, causing a loss of central vision.
● Diabetic retinopathy, which is the result of ruptured blood vessels behind the eyes due to diabetes.
● Glaucoma, which is increased pressure within the eyeball, causing a loss of vision.
Can Bad Vision Come Back After Treatment
The good news is that many of these eye ailments respond to proper treatment. Laser eye surgery is the foremost procedure used by eye care professionals to treat macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. To treat presbyopia, eye surgeons can use LASIK or a similar type of minimally invasive laser surgery. Other conditions, such as dry eyes, are easily remedied with eye drops a few times a day.
Once you undergo surgery for any of these eye problems, you may suffer from blurred vision or halos for up to 6 weeks. However, most surgeries have a 90% or higher success rate, allowing you to enjoy improved vision for years to come.
Do I Still Need Reading Glasses with Old Age Vision?
In some instances, you may still need reading glasses to combat certain vision problems. Without LASIK surgery, reading glasses are the best way to deal with presbyopia or cataracts. If you choose to undergo surgery to correct these ailments, you probably won’t need prescription glasses or reading glasses. Corneal-inlay treatments for presbyopia or imitation lenses cataracts may require glasses for a short time after surgery, but not after a few weeks.
Eye Exams Are Crucial to Prevention
Once you hit age 50, eye exams become crucial in the prevention of degenerative eye diseases. By dilating your eyes during these exams, doctors can diagnose and treat potential problems before they become debilitating.
Poor eyesight is common among older generations, but with regular eye exams, a knowledge of your family genetics, and proper treatment, you can improve your chances of superb vision, even as you age.
Dr. Alexandra Chebil in Orange County has performed over 70,000 vision correction surgeries in her private practice and has helped thousands of patients improve their old age eyesight. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and review your options.