Caring for the Aging Eye

November 28, 2017
Caring for the Aging Eye

Senior eyes need special care. The eye doctors at the Your Eye Care Team clinics understand the importance of keeping your eyes healthy as you age.

Like the rest of our bodies, our eyes are affected by age. Senior patients often suffer from eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, which require additional time to diagnose and treat.

Our optometrists take the extra time necessary to treat our senior patients with the utmost care. At our offices, you will never feel rushed. We take time to determine the exact cause of your vision problems with state of the art technology and a caring attitude.

COMMON DISEASES THAT AFFECT THE EYES AS WE AGE

A regular eye exam is a great way for us to catch eye diseases and eye problems in the early stages. If you already have an eye disease, we can help treat it! We care about our senior patients. and take the time to thoroughly examine your eyes, treat eye diseases and prescribe the best solutions.

Glaucoma: Glaucoma occurs when fluid buildup inside the eye causes excessive pressure on the optic nerve. Although many people fear this potentially sight-threatening condition, early diagnosis and treatment can help maintain your vision for a lifetime. If glaucoma is detected during your eye exam, our doctors will outline a treatment plan that may include working with other specialists as well.

Dry Eye: It may not make sense, but dry eye disease often leads to watery eyes. When eyes dry out, they become irritated and uncomfortable. That prompts the lacrimal glands to produce so many tears that they overwhelm the eye’s natural drainage system. Tear production tends to lessen with age, so dry eyes are more common in older adults. Some medical conditions and medications can also lead to dryness, as can a dry and windy environment. But the most common cause of dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). People with this condition make tears, but the tears do not contain enough water. In addition to excessive tearing, symptoms of dry eye syndrome may include blurred vision, itchy eyes, or burning eyes. There are many causes for dry eye and a variety of treatments. We will make sure that the treatment fits your specific type of dry eye.

Cataracts: Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions, usually occurring later in life. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. If left untreated, it can cause considerable loss of vision. Fortunately, cataracts are easily treated. Our doctors diagnose and monitory your cataracts and will advise you when it is appropriate to consider surgery. At that time, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) and will partner with your surgeon to care for you after surgery.

Macular Degeneration: There are several different types of macular degeneration. Macular degeneration affects the central part of the back of the eye (the retina) which a person uses to read and to see faces. Some types require only nutritional care and others require more advanced treatments. Our doctors will make a careful determination of the type of macular degeneration and the appropriate treatment. Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, treatment can slow or even reverse the effects of this disease.

SENIORS AND EYEGLASSES

Fitting eyeglasses can pose some unique challenges in patients with conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Our opticians’ expertise ensures that each of our patients will be offered the best possible solution to their particular vision problems.