Age-related Eye Diseases & Conditions
Our vision naturally changes as we age. These changes do not necessarily stop you enjoying an active, independent life and many life to a grand old age without experiences vision loss. However, as we age, we are at a higher risk of developing age-related eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
AMD is a disease associated with aging that gradually reduces the sharpness of central vision, which is needed to see objects clearly and to perform some key everyday tasks like driving or reading.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Vision may become blurry, glare may become intense and colours may appear dull or faded.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic eye disease is a complication of diabetes and a leading cause of blindness. The most common form is diabetic retinopathy which occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. It is usually associated with high pressure in the eye and affects side or peripheral vision.
Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. Dry eye may make some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, difficult or uncomfortable. For more on dry eye click here.