Vision Loss and the Elderly

How common is vision loss with age?

It is becoming very common amongst the elderly community, particularly above the age of 65, for vision impairment to invade their normal daily routine. Most notably, the baby boomer generation is showing the most severe signs of vision loss as they reach the targeted age and compounded by other adult onset diseases. Vision loss, of any kind, has a severe affect on:

  • reading
  • watching TV
  • driving
  • grocery shopping

Even the most simple of daily tasks become difficult, often impossible for some depending on their unique severity, including while wearing glasses or contact lenses. Struggling with severe eye problems is not simply a matter of "getting older", as the risk of navigating vision loss has been found to increase more rapidly in the lower bracket of those aged 60. With the vast number of those in this age bracket being baby boomers, the capactiy to control the severity is extremely disproportionate, and it is very important to maintain consistant contact with your personal physicain. Keeping a consistant health regimend will greatly increase your opportunity to catch any early signs of vision loss, allowing you to enjoy the benifits of preventative measures to either eliminate or slow down the natural process, as well as ensure the greatest chances of early treatment for chronic diseases that affect you specifically and avioding more serious complications. 

What are the most common diseases known to affect vision loss?

There are actually four leading eye diseases affecting our American senior community, specifically related to the natural aging process:

  1. Macular degeneration
  2. Cataracts
  3. Diabetic retinopathy
  4. Glaucoma

The majority of people, no matter their age, have some measure of challenges with their vision. However, when you are younger, you are less likely to experience the severity of those struggles visually. Wearing eye glasses, contact lenses, or even simply reading glasses can help to provide the daily adjustments necessary to prevent more serious struggles down the road, especially while being outside in the sun. As you age, your eye muscles do as well, and the more likely you are to experience the full onset of the severity that is affecting your vision loss. This aging process, and the consecutive vision loss, is challenging at best and only compounded when other chronic diseases are present for the patient. Being attentive to your specific needs, aware of any changes (whether slight or drastic), and proactive to have regular check-up visits with your eye doctor will be your greatest asset in your own personal situation. You will also do well to remain educated in your diagnosis by your doctor, and intentionally consistant with all health plans they give you. 

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