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Aging and Your Eyes

Aging and Your Eyes

Health is a blessing but there are times when doing a simple task like holding a simple newspaper seems to be difficult and you feel as if the paper is going away from you. It means that you are ready to join the crowd of aging and you need to protect your eyesight.

Have your eyes checked regularly by an eye care professional and people over 65 should have their eye sight checked on yearly basis. During this time the eye care professional would put a drop in your eyes in order to detect the eye problem.

Secondly, if you are wearing glasses your prescription should be checked too. Always keep in mind that health of eyes is important for you. Visit your doctor regularly to check if you have diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you have any eye problem, see an eye care professional right away if you:

  • Suddenly cannot see or everything looks dim
  • Have flashes of light
  • Experience an eye pain
  • Experience double vision
  • Have redness or swelling of your eye or eyelid

It is also necessary that you protect your eyes from too much sunlight by wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation and a hat with a wide brim when you are outside.

The following common eye problems can be easily treated. But, sometimes they can be signs of more serious issues of aging and weak eye sight.

Presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pee-uh) is a slow loss of ability to see close objects or small print. It is normal to have this even if you become old. Those who have often experiences headaches or have strained, tired eyes. Reading glasses usually fix the problem.

Floaters are tiny specks that seem to float across your vision. You might see them in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day. Floaters can be a normal part of aging but still they cause retinal attachment, so check your eye specialist to deal with it.

Too much tearing also comes from being sensitive to light, wind or temperature changes. The best option is to wear glasses which might help, however too much tearing can also lead to serious issues like an infection or a blocked tear duct. Your eye care professional can treat these problems.

Eyelid problems can come from different diseases or conditions. Common eyelid problems include red and swollen eyelids and must be treated with warm compresses and gentle eyelid scrubs.

Whatever the case is, please contact your eye specialist.

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