As we all get older, there are common vision problems that affect seniors and that is one of the best reasons to make a yearly visit to Maple Lawn Eye Care Center for an eye exam. Our Fulton eye doctor
is committed to helping you see as well as possible for as long as possible. Early detection of many eye diseases can either prevent further vision loss or in some cases recover lost vision. And symptoms are not always obvious until these diseases advance. Among the vision problems that are common among seniors are cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
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Cataracts, caused by a protein buildup in your eyes, can cause your eye lenses to become clouded. In its early stage, cataracts may not have any negative impact on your ability to see. Treatment is not necessary until or unless cataracts start interfering with your day to day life. Over 50% of cataract cases occur in those ho are 65 years of age and older. Symptoms associated with cataracts include the feeling that there is a film over your eyes, problems with glare at night (including while driving), blurred or foggy vision, and changes in color perception. Call us to schedule an exam with our Fulton eye doctor
if you notice any of these signs. The good news is that cataracts can sometimes be addressed with eyeglasses or contact lenses. More severe cases may require surgery.
Excessive pressure in your eye, caused by a buildup of fluid, is called glaucoma. When diagnosed in its earliest stages, treatment can be as simple as the use of eye drops from our Fulton eye doctor
to reduce the production of eye fluid and relieve the pressure. Surgery can become necessary in later stages or if eye drops are ineffective. It is essential to not ignore glaucoma since left untreated, it can lead to irreversible damage to your optic nerves, vision loss, and even blindness. Among the symptoms of glaucoma are loss of vision, eye redness, tunnel vision, eye pain, and seeing halos surrounding light.
The most common cause of vision loss in people over 60 is macular degeneration. Severe vision loss can result from it, though complete blindness is not a risk. Caused by yellow deposits that form in the macula of your eyes, vision loss is not reversible. Treatment by our Fulton eye doctor
is focused on preventing further vision loss. Blind spots in the center of your vision, dim or distorted vision (especially when reading), or straight lines that look wavy are some of the signs that you may be suffering from macular degeneration.
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7625 Maple Lawn Blvd Suite 125
Fulton, Maryland 20759
By Maple Lawn Eye Care Center
April 21, 2014