4 Age-Related Eye Conditions You Must Watch Out For

Are you experiencing some changes to your eyesight due to age? Regular visits to your optometrist for senior eye exams can protect your eye health and restore comfort and clarity to your vision.

Age will inevitably bring about changes that will affect your vision. Some may be more serious than others, but for the most part, there are many steps you can take to protect the health of your eyes and keep your vision clear. One of the key things to do is schedule regular senior eye exams with your Calgary optometrist so they can detect and treat these changes early on. 

You should visit your Calgary optometrist straight away if you: 

  • Have eye pain 
  • Experience sudden vision loss
  • See flashes of light
  • Have redness or swelling of your eye 

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At Blink Eyewear, we offer eye exams for patients of all ages, including children and seniors. Our qualified optometrists are highly trained in treating age related vision conditions, and we can help ensure the long-term health of your eyes. 

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To continue to keep you safe, we are maintaining our in-clinic COVID-19 safety procedures. However, you can also talk to our virtual eye doctor from the safety of your own home if you have any concerns about your vision or eye health. 

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4 Main Age-Related Vision Conditions to Watch Out For 

Many age-related eye conditions, such as glaucoma, are asymptomatic in their early stages, which is why visiting your Calgary optometrist for a senior eye exam at least once a year is so important. Here are four common age-related eye conditions that you should be aware of: 

1. Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the world. However, if detected early through an eye exam, cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore clear vision. At our Calgary eye clinic, we offer cataract management services to keep your vision healthy and clear. 

What causes cataracts? Cataracts are an inevitable part of aging and develop due to changes in the structure of the lens, causing it to become less transparent, resulting in blurry vision. 



2. Glaucoma 

Glaucoma occurs when your optic nerve becomes damaged and age is a major risk factor for this eye condition. Because it is typically asymptomatic in its early states, only your optometrist can detect its presence during a dilated eye exam. At our eye clinic, we offer comprehensive glaucoma testing to protect you against vision loss and help maintain the quality of your life. 

Why Treatment is So Important for Glaucoma 

Without treatment, glaucoma will cause you to slowly lose your side vision, which manifests as tunnel vision. Over time, your central vision may also decrease, until no vision remains. Early detection and treatment is critical to controlling this disease. 



3. Age-Related Macular Degeneration 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that causes you to lose your central vision, typically in both eyes. During an eye exam, your optometrist will look for signs of AMD and if found, there are several treatments available to slow its progression. 

What causes AMD? 

AMD develops when the macula is unable to function as effectively as it once did. Early detection is key for reducing your risk of severe vision loss. If you are experiencing any changes in your vision, such as blind spots or distorted images, visit your optometrist immediately. 



4. Diabetic Retinopathy 

Diabetic Retinopathy is an eye condition that develops as a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the retina. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to blindness. If you have diabetes, having a diabetic retinal examination once a year can help prevent this disease and slow down its progression. 

What causes Diabetic Retinopathy?

The retina requires a constant supply of blood, which it receives through a network of tiny blood vessels. High blood sugar levels can damage these vessels, causing harmful changes to the back of your eye. 



Our Calgary Eye Doctors Can Help Prevent Age-Related Eye Diseases 

We are happy to announce that you can now visit our Calgary eye doctors by appointment only. We are continuing to take all necessary safety measures to keep our patients, community, and staff safe. To find out more about how our Calgary eye doctors can protect your vision as you age, call our locations at Crowfoot (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292).

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