Diagnosing & Treating Common Age Related Eye Diseases

Common Age Related Eye Diseases

Many people notice that right around the time they reach 40 years old, their vision starts to change. Some notice a decline in their distance vision. Others begin to require reading glasses or note a much more dramatic difference between their close vision and their ability to see far away. Some of the other possible age-related changes to vision can include:

The following are some of the most common eye diseases your Mesa optometrist sees affect people in middle and older age.

Dry Eye

This condition occurs when the tear ducts are no longer producing sufficient moisture. In some cases, the consistency and oil or mineral content of the tears is no longer effective. There are a number of interventions your Mesa AZ eye doctor can offer to assist in this condition, from prescription eye drops to treatments for the glands.  

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) 

AMD attacks the central region of vision and gradually takes away clarity and sharpness. Early detection can allow for treatment and management

Glaucoma

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that impair and damage the optic nerve. Left unchecked and untreated, vision loss and eventual blindness can result. This is due to gradual raise of pressure within the eye. One of the first symptoms of glaucoma is a loss of peripheral vision, but in many cases, there are no symptoms. This is why it’s so important to receive regular glaucoma testing from your Mesa optometrist, especially if you have a family history.   

Cataracts

Cataracts refer to a clouding of the eye’s lens gradually in the senior years, although it can begin much sooner. Vision can become cloudy, hazy or blurry. There is often increased glare and a loss of the ability to discern between colors. In many cases, cataract surgery can bring relief. Contact your eye doctor in Mesa for more information about cataract surgery.

Begin Early Detection and Expert Eye Disease Management From Your Mesa, AZ Eye Doctor

Aging can bring a number of potential eye health and vision issues, but your Mesa, AZ eye doctor Akers Eyecare Center can assist you in expert eye disease management. Be sure to schedule eye exams regularly with your eye doctor in Mesa to make early detection and treatment possible. Contact us today at (480) 834-3937.    

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