Understanding the Eye Care Needs of the Elderly
Eye Care for Seniors - London, UK
Tagged with: Eye Care | Cataracts | Glaucoma | Macular Degeneration | Presbyopia |
Our vision correction team is pleased to be of service to patients of all ages. By providing customized eye care for the people of London, we can help people see the world better and enjoy their lives a little more.
This commitment to advanced and customized care is especially important for elderly patients since they face a number of vision challenges. Let's take a moment to consider the different vision problems that elderly patients face.
Cataracts refer to the clouding of the naturally clear lens of the eye. These occur as the result of the exposure to ultraviolet rays, eye injuries, and the long-term wear and tear on the eyes over the years. Cataracts cause low vision and can even result in major vision loss or blindness. Cataracts are common among elderly patients typically starting the 50s and 60s, though it's possible in rare instances for babies to be born with cataracts (congenital cataracts).
Treatments for Cataracts
Cataracts that do not seriously impact the vision in a significant way can be addressed through the use of corrective lenses. When cataracts seriously impact your vision, the best option is cataract removal surgery, a routine procedure that involves the removal of the natural lens and the placement of an artificial lens in its place.
Presbyopia is an age-related form of farsightedness that begins around middle age. Presbyopia is the result of the hardening of the natural lenses of the eye, which makes focusing on nearby objects much more difficult. This is an unavoidable part of the natural aging process.
Treatments for Presbyopia
Many people get prescription glasses or bifocals to address their issues with presbyopia. Some patients may opt for artificial lens implants to replace the original lenses of the eye. Others may elect to undergo monovision LASIK, which corrects one eye for near vision and allows for better general vision in the process. These and other treatments can be discussed during the consultation process.
About Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD or AMD) is a major cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older. The problem stems with issues involving the macula, the central portion of the retinas. Damage to the macula can lead to darkened, blurry, or poor vision. The condition is more likely as patients reach the age of 60.
Treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Treating macular degeneration in early stages will typically involve a combination of vitamins with medications to help manage the issues with the macula. In later stages of macular degeneration, laser therapy or light therapy may be recommended to slow the vision loss and macula damage. Magnifiers and other low vision aids may also be considered.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. The condition is caused by increased pressure within the eye that leads to optic nerve damage. The condition is irreversible, and total vision loss is possible if not caught in time. Though not caused by age per se, glaucoma is more likely in people as they get older.
Treatments for Glaucoma
Treating glaucoma will typically involve various methods of reducing the pressure within the eyes. This includes the use of medicated eye drops and oral medications in the early stages. Laser surgery and special drainage procedures may be considered as the glaucoma progresses.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Eye Care Centre
To learn more about your treatment options for eye care issues affecting the elderly, be sure to contact our advanced eye care centre today. Our team is here to help enhance and restore your vision.