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How Eye Care Changes As We Age

March 10, 2017

Many aspects of our lives tend to change as we age—most of them, in fact. Our lifestyles, our favorite activities, and even the way we take care of ourselves go through changes as we get older. And eye care is no different; it also needs to change and adapt as we age. We’re all getting older, and we all value our vision, so it makes sense to take a few minutes and find out how to take care of our eyes as we grow older. 

As we age, certain eye conditions become more likely. Some of them are simply inconvenient and irritating, and others can be quite serious. 

Cataracts

Cataracts develop naturally in our eyes as we age, as the eye’s lens begins to cloud. Cataract symptoms develop slowly, and may not even affect vision in the first year or more. That means we need to be on our guard as we age, looking for early signs such as light glares, halos, a yellow tint, or poor night vision. 

Luckily, once they’ve been diagnosed, cataracts can be safely and easily removed with cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, ultrasound waves emulsify the cataract, and the fragments are then removed. A laser can also be used in HD Cataract Surgery which can eliminate your dependence on glasses! An artificial lens (IOL) is then be inserted to replace your eye’s natural lens. 

Dry Eyes

As we get older, our eyes begin to produce fewer tears. This can lead to burning, stinging, or irritated dry eyes, and make daily life a hassle for those who suffer from it. This is especially prevalent in women after menopause, and many people use artificial tears to help treat their dry eyes. If you’ve been suffering with dry eyes, then make an appointment with our Dry Eye Care Center. The Center has the latest in dry eye treatments and artificial tears. 

Presbyopia

Almost all of us will experience some of the effects of presbyopia as we get older. Presbyopia, or age related farsightedness, is what causes older adults to hold papers and books farther from their face. That’s caused by the hardening of the natural lens in their eyes, which makes it more difficult to focus on material close at hand. For some people, a pair of bifocal lenses is enough to get by, but not everyone wants to wear bifocals every time they’d like to read something. 

Fortunately, there are 2 new inlays available called the Kamra and Raindrop that can restore near vision that’s been lost with age. The inlay is placed in the center of the cornea, creating a “pinhole” effect, increasing your depth of focus to provide a clear, sharp focus on near objects—without compromising long distance vision.  Dr. Silverman is the only surgeon in New Jersey certified in the implantation of the Kamra! 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of one of these vision conditions, then give us a call at OCLI. We’ve improved the lives of thousands of patients who have come to use for treatment when new eye issues developed, and we’d love to help you, as well.

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