Both early diagnosis and awareness of potential problems play an important role in senior eye health. Amongst the more common issues that affect senior eye health, we include glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. If you know where to look for these looming health issues, it could go a long way towards prevention and treatment.
Blurred or Tunnel Vision
Amongst the warning signs of glaucoma are blurred vision, halos around lights, nausea, and eye pain. You might have permanent damage to the eye (not just limited to glaucoma) if you experience loss of peripheral vision or advanced tunnel vision. This is why a regular comprehensive eye exam in combination with yearly screening for glaucoma is essential for seniors.
Sudden Vision Loss
If double vision or elderly vision loss happens without warning, it could be indicative of a stroke. Other signs include the inability to formulate or understand speech and sudden weakness in the arms, legs or face (primarily on one specific area of the body). Emergency medical care is essential if someone experiences these issues.
An Inability to Close The Eye Or Sudden Watery Eye
Bell’s palsy might be the reason that a senior is unable to control tears or has the inability to close one eye. This means that one side of the face experiences temporary paralysis. This is not because of a stroke, but it might come on overnight. In order to rule out a more serious health condition, it is essential that the senior sees a doctor. Oftentimes it takes 10 days to clear up paralysis related to Bell’s palsy.
Dark, Blurry Spots in Field of Vision
Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for people over the age of 60. It is due to the deterioration of the small central portion of the retina (the macula). While there is no known cure for age-related macular degeneration, it is possible to prevent severe vision loss and slow its progression through doctor treatments.
The surest sign of a cataract that seniors have is cloudiness around the eyes. This is the leading cause of elderly vision loss throughout the country. It is possible to alleviate the issue with magnifying glasses, sunglasses, or eyeglasses. The most effective treatment remains having surgery to remove the cataract.