Vision Over 60: Our Optometrist in Las Vegas Cares About Your Aging Eyes
No matter how good you may look or how healthy you may feel, the simple reality is that there's no turning back the hands of time. As you age, so you do your eyes -- and the advancing years can bring new risks and concerns regarding your vision, especially after the age of 60. Here at Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry, we want to make sure you understand these risks so your optometrist in Las Vegas can help you defend your eyesight against them.
Eye Diseases That Afflict Seniors In Las Vegas
It's normal for the human eye to change in structure and function over the years, although some of these changes are more obvious than others. When you hit 40, for instance, you may have developed presbyopia as changes in the intraocular lens made near focus more of a challenge. Additional changes continue to accumulate over time, including changes in many individual's systemic health -- and these changes can take the form of eye diseases and disorders such as:
- Dry eye - The irritating, potentially damaging condition known as dry eye becomes increasingly common with age. This is partly due to the natural slowdown in tear production, but it can also be the result of many of the medications taken by seniors, including hypertension drugs. We can recommend liquid or gel-based eye drops, changes in your medication routine and other remedies.
- Cataracts - Cataracts can begin forming when you're still in your 40s, but this slow-growing problem may not cause noticeable vision issues until after the age of 60. It's caused by protein accumulation in the lens that blocks and distorts vision. We can compensate for early-stage cataracts with corrective lenses, but once you're in your 60s the problem may reach the point where we recommend cataract removal surgery (which we can co-manage alongside your surgeon).
- Glaucoma - Glaucoma can strike at any time, but everyone over 60 falls into the high-risk category. Glaucoma progressively destroys the optic nerves to rob you of your vision. but your Las Vegas eye doctor can treat it with medications to relieve the excess fluid pressure that causes the optic nerve damage.
- Macular degeneration - Macular degeneration is a leading cause of severe vision impairment in people aged 60 or older. We can recommend lifestyle changes to keep early cases from getting worse, as well as nutritional protocols and injectable medications to control advanced cases.
- Diabetic retinopathy - Half of all diabetics are 60 or older, making diabetic retinopathy a definite risk to the aging eye. Controlling diabetes and administering medications to control its damaging effects can help save your vision.
Is It Time for Your Senior Eye Exam? Contact Us Today!
These age-related eye diseases can sneak up on you -- so don't let them. Contact us at any of our offices to schedule a senior eye exam with your Las Vegas eye doctor! Call (702) 275-5229 for our LensCrafter locations and 702-452-2020 For our PearleVision locations.