By the age of 65 most people will need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Our eyesight changes as we get older and we are more likely to get certain eye problems. Eye muscles start to weaken from around the age of 45 as part of the natural ageing process. You might have difficult reading and will most likely need separate reading glasses at some point.
Cataracts are quite common over the age of 60 but can easily be detected with an eye test. Cataracts cause the gradual clouding of the lens but can be corrected with a simple operation if required.
Glaucoma is caused by an increase in the pressure in the eye leading to damage of the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain. If left untreated it leads to tunnel vision and, eventually, blindness. Glaucoma can be detected with an eye test and any complications can be avoided with eye drops.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition that affects the middle part of your vision. It usually first affects people in their 50s and 60s. It doesn’t cause total blindness but can make everyday activities like reading and recognising faces difficult.
As we get older it is common to get floaters in the eyes and they are normally harmless. However, sometimes floaters can be an indicator of an underlying health condition.
When you reach 60 you can have a free eye test on the NHS. If you find it difficult to get to your High Street Optician because of mobility issues, dementia or some other reason, then you can have an eye test at home. Community Care Opticians have all the right equipment and experienced staff to carry out a home eye test for you if required. An eye test is essential to pick up early eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts and can also help detect general health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Keeping Your Eyes Healthy
For good eye health you should eat well and keep yourself at a healthy weight. If you are overweight you have an increased risk of developing diabetes which can cause problems with your eyes. A healthy, balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and veg, is essential for healthy eyes and will help protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Regular exercise, for good circulation and oxygen intake, and a good night’s sleep are also key to good eye health.
Call us now on 0203 418 8488 to arrange an eye test at home for yourself or an elderly or infirm friend, neighbour or relative. You can also visit our website at www.communitycareopticians.co.uk