5 eye health conditions to look out for as you age
As we reach our 40s and 50s, we face new visionAs we reach our 40s and 50s, we face new visionchallenges that may be just around the corner.Fortunately, most age-related vision issues arepreventable and treatable if you take simple steps toprotect your eyes.
1—Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)1
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)AMD impacts the center of the retina, called themacula. The retina is a layer of tissue in the back ofyour eye. It’s made up of cells that are sensitive tolight. With the retina’s help, you can see light. Thosewith the condition lose the center part of their vision.People with this condition find that straight linesseem curved and colors seem darker. It makes it verydifficult to do things you need to do.
CataractsCataracts are a cloudiness that develops on the lensof the eye. Just like a camera lens, your eye lens helpsyou focus light to see better. The lens doesn’t workwell when cloudy, so the result is a world that appearsout of focus.
Diabetic retinopathyThe leading cause of blindness among middle aged(30s–50s) adults is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes causes blood vessels to swell and become leaky.causes blood vessels to swell and become leaky.New, abnormal blood vessels form on the retina.Over time, the retina will lose its ability to processlight signals.
GlaucomaWith glaucoma, a buildup of pressure behind the eyecauses damage to the optic nerve. If this pressure isallowed to build and remain, it will cause vision loss.
Dry eyeTear production may no longer be sufficient to keepyour eyes lubricated. This lubricant not only makesyour eyes more comfortable, but it also protects yourvision. Dry eye has many causes, including the lack ofvitamin A, living in a very arid or windy environment,among others.
Regular eye exams are important
Did you know all of your body’s veins andarteries end in your eye? That’s why youreye exam is key in detecting early chronicand systemic diseases like diabetes andhypertension. Your eye exam is one ofthe most important preventative careSources: All About Vision, AAO, AOA, Glaucoma.org, NIH.gov services available to you.
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