As we all age, our bodies, and even our eyes age with us. Along with the eyesight going bad, there are other problems that we can have with our eyes as soon as we turn 40. Here are some signs of eye health issues and how to deal with them.
Burning and scratchy eyes
If you have these sings, it could just mean that you have dry eyes caused by some hormonal changes, or you could have an autoimmune disease. The autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome most usually affects women over the age of 40. What can help you reduce these symptoms are various eye drops, ointments and gels. However, be sure to pay a visit to your doctor.
Troubles while driving at night
While driving at night you may notice that you see things blurry or the road looks too dark. This probably means that you have cataract. Cataract is caused by the piling up of the proteins in your lenses, clouding vision. Also, this is one of the consequences of aging, but it could be a family trait due to diabetes, high blood pressure etc. Wearing sunglasses can help a lot in preventing this, but once you have it prescription glasses are your saviors.
Problems with reading
You open your favorite book, but you cannot read properly because your eyesight gets all fuzzy and you have to distance the book from your eyes. This can be the first symptom of presbyopia. Do not worry, because this is just a Latin word for “old man’s eyes”. This just means that your lenses are getting tired as you are getting older. Also, there is an easy solution for this: reading glasses.
This is a common disease among older women. This condition is caused by the changes in the retina and could block your central vision completely, along with the detection of colors or fine details. It is very important to start taking care of your cardiovascular health on time so you could prevent age-related macular degeneration. Things that you can do is exercise a lot, change your diet to be as healthy as possible, take good care of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, if you failed to do this, the symptoms of this condition are troubles while reading and troubles recognizing familiar faces.
Glaucoma is an eye condition caused by the high pressure in eyes. This affects your vision, because this intraocular pressure can damage the optic nerve which is in charge of transmitting the images to the brain. Also, without the proper treatment glaucoma can cause permanent blindness in just a few years. So, if you are a person over 40 years of age and glaucoma was common in your family you should get regular eye examinations and consult your doctor often.
All in all, to preserve healthy eyes while aging it is important to lead a healthy life, of course, and to regularly go to your eye doctor and have regular checkups. This could prevent many eye diseases as well as some other problems in your body.