Aging and the eye

There are many changes that occur to the eye as a part of the normal aging process. However, as a person ages, risk for various eye diseases such as macular degeneration (a central vision disease) and glaucoma increases. A yearly comprehensive eye examination by ophthalmologist can provide ways to help reduce symptoms that occur as a part of the normal aging process and provide early detection and treatment for age-related diseases.

Good nutrition, including leafy vegetables and colorful fruits, is always important to help promote good health for our eyes and entire body. Other tips to promote good ocular health include wearing a hat and sunglasses for UV protection, engage in regular exercise, and avoid smoking.

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs during the aging process. It tends to be chronic and results from an incomplete tear film covering the ocular surface. This causes symptoms of blurred vision, fluctuating vision that often clears with a blink, burning, discomfort, redness, and frequent watering. Severity of symptoms can vary from mild to severe.

Certain systemic health conditions, medications, hormones, and environmental factors can contribute to dry eye. There are different treatments for dry eye syndrome depending on the type, severity, and underlying cause. An eye care provider can recommend the best treatment for each person.