Prevention is better than cure! This is especially the case when it comes to common eye diseases. Progress can be slowed if these problems are detected early.
Common Eye Diseases
One of the greatest challenges we face as we age is our continual loss of conditioning and function. Simply put, the older we get, the more our functionality is affected. This applies to mobility, dexterity, digestion and hearing.
Unfortunately, the eyes are no different when it comes to decreased functionality. This is the case, even if we spent our lives being careful not to strain our eyes, to live in a healthy manner and to always wear protective glasses when outdoors in the sun.
At Healthcare 2 You, eye care is a large part of our service to the older members of our community. Amongst the most common eye diseases we encounter are cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetes-related changes in the back of the eye.
If your elderly parent or relative points out that they feel they are looking through a fog, or they happen to remark that the newspaper ink isn’t good quality like it used to be, this can be cause for concern. The newspaper ink hasn’t changed but your Loved One may be experiencing the early warning signs of eye disease. Often, these signs are glossed over until quality of life is severely decreased or something catastrophic like a fall occurs.
Here are some brief explanations of the common eye diseases and how they present in the elderly: