Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye and are common in older age. In fact, most people have had cataracts by the time they reach their 80s. They’re caused by increased, long-term exposure to bright light and infrared radiation. Wearing UV blocking sunglasses can help prevent cataracts. The good news? Routine surgery is available to restore vision.
Glaucoma often happens due to an increase in the internal pressure inside your eye. As it progresses, you slowly lose peripheral vision. This creates a tunnel vision effect. Early detection is critical because by the time you notice the loss of peripheral vision, the damage to the eye is permanent.
With age-related macular degeneration, the inner surface of the eye where detailed imaging takes place begins to deteriorate. The deterioration begins in the center of your vision and is progressive and degenerative over time. It becomes harder to see details and text looks distorted. Left unchecked, it can lead to a complete loss of vision.
As you age, microscopic fibers inside your eye tend to clump together to form what are called floaters. These floaters can cast tiny shadows on your retina, appearing as black or grey specs that seem to drift through your field of vision when you move your eyes.
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