As we age, it is common to experience changes in our eyes and vision. Here are some of the age-related eye changes and conditions:
Presbyopia: This is a condition where the lens of the eye becomes less flexible, making it harder to focus on close-up objects. It usually starts to occur around age 40.
Cataracts: Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, causing blurry vision, glare, and difficulty seeing in low light. They often develop in people over the age of 60.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): AMD is a progressive disease that affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. It can cause vision loss, particularly in the center of the visual field.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and blindness. It is more common in people over 60.
Dry eye syndrome: This is a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears, causing discomfort, itching, and burning. It is more common in women and older people.
Floaters: Floaters are small specks or spots that appear in your vision, especially when looking at a bright background. They are caused by age-related changes in the vitreous, the gel-like substance that fills the eye.
Refractive errors: As we age, the shape of the eye may change, causing refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
It is important to have regular eye exams as you age to detect and treat any potential vision problems early on.
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