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Vision Over 40
As you grow older, so do your eyes. Many eye diseases are more common in people age 40 and over. Glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy are among the most common age-related eye diseases. Many of these conditions cause very few symptoms, or no symptoms at all, in their earliest stages when they are most responsive to treatment. Our Las Vegas eye doctor can detect and treat many of the most common eye diseases affecting people 40 and over.
Our optometrist in Las Vegas diagnoses a number of age-related eye diseases during a routine eye exam.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, a medical condition associated with uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy affects the blood vessels serving the retina, a light-sensitive layer of tissue lining the inside of the eye. The blood vessels may swell and leak, which prevents light from striking your retina.
Age is a major risk factor for the development of diabetes, which means that age is a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy. Recent research suggests that diabetic retinopathy affects somewhere between 28 and 40 percent of people over the age of 40 years.
Glaucoma is an eye disease affecting the optic nerve, which is the nerve that carries information about what your eye detects to your brain for processing. Glaucoma is usually the result of high fluid pressure inside the eye.
While anyone can develop glaucoma, people over the age of 60 are at particularly high risk for this eye condition.
Macular degeneration is a condition affecting the macula, which is a specific light-sensitive spot in the center of your retina. Damage to the macula affects the central part of your vision.
Macular degeneration can develop in children but age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develops in older adults. The condition is most likely to develop in people aged 55 and older, and the risk of AMD increases with age.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens, which focuses light as it enters the eye. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and affect about 22 million people over that age in the United States today.
Symptoms of clouded vision develop over time and often become a problem when a person is in his or her 60s.
If you are aged 40 or over, contact our optometrist in Las Vegas for more information about age-related eye diseases. Our friendly, professional staff serves patients in multiple locations. Contact us online, or call 702-341-7254 for our LensCrafters locations and 702-452-2020 For our PearleVision locations.