Dr. Jack Abrams and his staff at the Abrams Eye Institute often get questions from patients about their eyes and aging and what happens as they get older. This installment of the series looks at eye and aging starting for people in their 60s and up. For the full eyes and aging series, click here.
As you enter your 60s and on up, the need for regular eye exams becomes more urgent. This, as certain conditions including Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can often go unnoticed in its early stages and the longer they go unnoticed, the greater the trouble that can be caused. This condition, AMD, is when the part of your retina that’s responsible for central vision – the macula – deteriorates and creates a resulting blind spot in the middle of your field of vision.
As you get older, again, make sure to visit the eye doctor regularly – and learn about all the potential eye concerns that can affect you, given your current eye condition and any family history that can cause issues.. By being well-informed, you can learn to recognize signs of trouble – and possibly cure or slow a sight-threatening disease. In between eye exams, if you notice a change in your vision – or if your eye becomes injured in any way – contact your doctor. Eye surgeons like Dr. Jack Abrams are always ready to help you navigate your eye health issues. Eye surgeons like Dr. Abrams have access to advanced technology they can apply on your behalf.
Getting the right amount of rest, regular exercise, and proper nutrition are vital for your long-term eye health. Studies have shown that antioxidant minerals and other vitamins may help defend against free radicals and help prevent related diseases. Free radicals are unstable molecules – unchecked, they can damage cells in the eye, which may lead to serious vision problems, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Here are a few things you can do in your 60s and up to regarding eyes and aging to better manage your vision:
- Have cataracts taken care of to improve your vision
- Monitor your vision and see your eye doctor if you notice any major vision changes.
- Have your eyes checked after other major health changes, such as a hypertension or diabetes diagnosis.
- While there is no cure for macular degeneration, healthy habits like taking multivitamins and eating foods rich in lutein and antioxidants can help slow the process down.
If you have any question about your eyes and aging, eligibility for treatment options, such as laser cataract surgery, feel free to call us 702-304-9494 or use our on-site form.