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Common Eye Conditions Over 40

The world of optometry can fill up a library with all the possible eye conditions, diseases, and developments possible. However, some eye conditions definitely show up more frequently than others, and many show up after the age of 40 as the eyes begin to show their limitations over time and with use. The following is a short list of those conditions that people are most likely to either know about or experience. If you are over 40 and have concerns about your eye health, contact Michigan Eyecare Institute in Dearborn, Livonia, and Southfield.

Cataracts

A cataract sounds like an invading species, but it’s really just a fogging of the eye lens, which otherwise lets light and detail into the inner eye to translate as images. When the lens is clouded, primary vision is lost. Cataracts can be in one or both eyes, but eventually, total vision loss occurs. Cataracts can be treated with surgery, however, making it a common, reversible vision condition, especially for seniors.

Diabetic Retinopathy

As a symptom of diabetes, the eyes can begin to suffer through the blood vessels, creating pressure inside the eyes. When that pressure becomes serious, it can damage the optic nerve. Diabetic retinopathy doesn’t have symptoms that people notice or feel until it begins to damage vision. So exams are critical to catch it.

Glaucoma

A collection of related eye conditions, glaucoma is spotted by an optometrist through special eye exams. Frequent checkups help catch glaucoma before it gets serious.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

AMD for short, this condition comes in two versions, wet and dry, and involves leakage of fluid in the eye or thinning of the macula. The wet version is more severe and can result in serious vision loss quickly; fortunately, it’s also far rarer. The more common version seen by an optometrist in 7 to 9 out of 10 cases is dry AMD. As the macula thins, central or core vision deteriorates. Vision becomes blurry when looking straight on, but peripheral vision can still be clear.

Contact Michigan Eyecare Institute in Dearborn, Livonia, and Southfield

Michigan Eyecare Institute provides regular eye exams and treatment for all the above and additional eye conditions. Don't get caught by surprise with age-related eye problems. If you're in or around Dearborn, Livonia, or Southfield, call us today to get started with an appointment!

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