Common eye problems in aging adults

by: Stephanie Kalina-Metzger For The Sentinel

It’s not often we engage in discussions about aging, and yet it’s something we all have in common. As we consider our overall health, it’s important to factor eye care into that equation.

Many, who wouldn’t consider skipping a doctor’s appointment, pay little attention to the health of their eyes, that is, until something goes wrong.

According to the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, some of the most common problems that occur in older adults include presbyopia, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, floaters and dry eyes.

According to Dr. Erik Chotiner, ophthalmologist at Memorial Eye Institute in Harrisburg, presbyopia or “farsightedness,” or the inability to focus up close, is one of the more common vision disorders that occurs as we age.

“The hardening of the lens inside the eye as we age interferes with our ability to see up close,” he said. “People who are near-sighted have an advantage because they have built-in magnifying glasses.”

Individuals as young as 40 may experience the effects of presbyopia. The resulting eyestrain can lead to headaches if the situation is left untreated.

According to the state optometric association, some individuals may experience a thinning of the macula as part of the normal aging process. Others may experience fluids leaking into the eye from newly formed blood vessels. Both conditions are known as macular degeneration. Symptoms include the inability to see objects clearly, loss of clear color vision and an empty, or dark area in the center of vision….

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Source: Cumberland Valley