Just like the rest of our body, our eyes and vision also change with age.  Many of these changes are completely normal and expected, while others may require medical attention to prevent permanent vision loss.  Even though we are not able to stop the aging process, most of these ocular conditions are treatable or at least the progression can be slowed down.  Some of these ocular conditions include:

  • Presbyopia
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Presbyopia is the gradual decrease of the eye's ability to focus up close.  This is a natural part of aging, but it can occur at different ages for everyone.  Most patients start to notice changes in their up close vison around the age of 40.  Prescription glasses or contacts can help make their vision clear up close.

There are many different types of cataracts, but the most common type is age related.  This is the process where the clear discs in your eyes that help focus images on the retina, become cloudy and make your vision blurred to the point that even new glasses do not help.  This also affects people at different ages, but the sun can accelerate the process.  Once the vision is reduced to the point where it affects the patient's quality of life, cataracts can be surgically treated.

Glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are two common sight-threatening conditions.  Even though there is no treatment for either of these conditions at this time, if diagnosed early enough the progression can be slowed down.

Our optometrist will check for all these conditions at each annual exam.  Even though these conditions might be common, early detection is key.  It is important to see an optometrist annually in order to rule out some of these conditions, or get treatment as soon as possible if they are present.

At NOVA Optique + Eyecare, your local optometrist in Ballston, we recommend that you have an exam every year even if you don't notice any changes in your vision.  However if you do notice changes in your eyes or your vision, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.