60-Plus Eye Care From Your Amarillo Eye Doctor
If your eyes aren't what they used to be, Father time may be partly to blame. Age factors into several eye diseases and disorders, especially for individuals aged 60 and over. That's your Amarillo eye doctor at EyeCare Plus recommends extra vigilance and care for your aging eyes.
Eye Conditions and Diseases That Spike at 60
Many eye conditions and diseases become more commonplace starting around age 60. Some of the most notable examples include:
- Cataracts - Cataracts may become quite evident after the age of 60, even though the first traces of this condition may appear as early as your 40s or 50s. The clumping of proteins in the lens of the eye may cause you to experience starburst, halo or other patterns around lights even as you find yourself more sensitive to bright light sources. Vision may become fuzzy at all distances, and colors may appear muted.
- Glaucoma - Glaucoma is one of those dangerous eye conditions that can rob you of ocular function so slowly that you don't realize it. In the most common variety, known as open angle glaucoma, the peripheral vision is damaged first, gradually narrowing your available visual field as the optic nerves are destroyed. In a rarer condition called angle-closure glaucoma, however, you may experience noticeable low vision and other acute symptoms all at once. Glaucoma risk rises for everyone after age 60; certain ethnic populations may have an elevated risk after age 40.
- Macular degeneration - Macular degeneration typically develops after age 60 -- and the area of visual impairment is particularly troubling. This disease of the macular tissues of the retina can cause wavy distortions of straight lines, or even grayed-out areas of no vision at all, right in the center of your visual field. This can make it impossible for you to read, see faces or drive.
- Dry Eye - Dry eye may not render you blind as other eye diseases do, but it can definitely affect your vision. Inadequate tear film coverage can produce not only irritation but also blurred vision, with chronic dry eye possibly leading to scarring of the cornea and long-term vision problems. Seniors are especially vulnerable to dry eye because tear production slows down during these years.
Schedule an Eye Exam from Your Optometrist in Amarillo
That quick DMV eye test may clear you for driving, but it can't detect sight-stealing eye diseases. Your optometrist in Amarillo recommends an annual eye exam for patients over 60. We can examine the retina, macula, optic nerve and lens of each eye to check for cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma; the tonometry and vision checks administered in your eye test can also confirm glaucoma development. We can control dry eye, glaucoma, and macular degeneration while prescribing corrective lenses or co-managing surgery to treat cataracts.
Don't let time to run out for your 60-year-old eyes. Contact 806-358-3594 to schedule a senior eye exam!