Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes are not impervious to aging. As the years go by, our bodies change, with some systems and tissues weakening over time. Fortunately, healthy habits, a proper diet and regular hydration can help support eye health throughout your life. This can reduce your risk of developing age-related eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration.
One of the most common vision problems that occurs as you age is presbyopia, a condition in which a person has trouble seeing objects up close or reading small print. This condition usually occurs in patients aged 40 or older and is fairly easy to address with glasses or contacts. Other, more severe, issues can include cataracts (cloudy areas in the lens), corneal disease due to infection and/or injury, and retinal disorders like retinal detachment (which can cause blindness).
As you age, it is important to keep track of your eye health and any changes to your vision. We recommend patients over the age of 40 see an ophthalmologist annually for a thorough dilated eye exam. The risk of certain conditions can affect your eyes and overall health such as high blood pressure and diabetes and can contribute to the risk of developing eye disease.
If you are experiencing changes in your vision or are over the age of 40, it is time to visit Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan. Contact OSM to make an appointment today!