As you grow older, your eyes change. The first age-related change most people notice is a worsening of close-up vision, which fortunately can be treated with glasses. But other conditions, if not detected early on, can result in blindness. So it is vital for older adults to get regular eye exams.
A cataract is a painless clouding of the lens of the eye. Everything looks more blurry, with a cataract. Colors are duller, and night vision deteriorates, too. They are common among older adults and can lead to a disabling loss of vision. Surgery to remove the cloudy lens typically restores vision. Read
Over 4 million Americans have glaucoma, although only about half know they do because the disorder often has no symptoms in the early stages. Glaucoma is a major cause of adult blindness. It is not curable, and lost vision cannot be restored. But early detection and treatment can prevent further losses. Read
In macular degeneration, the central portion of the retina is damaged. People with this disorder have trouble reading print and seeing fine detail, and may develop a blind spot in their field of vision. There is no cure for macular degeneration, but treatment can slow progression of the disease. Read