Eye Care After 50

July 29, 2010
 

Our eyes age with us as the rest of our body ages. Here are some important points to consider about eye care after age 50 from the on-line Healthtouch Library provided by the American Optometric Association.

  • The need to wear glasses and have periodic lens changes is  normal. The cause is usually presbyopia, an age-related condition involving the gradual loss of lens flexibility inside the eye.
  • Be alert for symptoms of eye disease, such as sudden blurred, hazy or distorted vision; frequent headaches; itching, burning, watering eyes; flashes of light or floaters; eye pain or redness; double vision. But see your optometrist annually for an eye health exam because some eye diseases, like glaucoma, don’t have early noticeable symptoms.
  • Don’t panic if cataracts are diagnosed. Surgery isn’t necessary until the cataract begins to affect everyday living. Your optometrist can help you determine if and when surgery is needed and refer you to an eye surgeon.
  • Jobs and lifestyles often dictate a need for more than one pair of glasses.
  • Expect to need more light to see after age 60 and to be bothered a bit by headlight and even indoor glare.
  • Remember that medications and health problems, such as diabetes, can affect your eyes.  Keep your optometrist updated on these two areas.

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