Your body undergoes functional and structural changes as you age. In particular, your visual acuity may decline as you age. Symptoms vary depending on the person; however, we believe that it’s important to be familiar with some of the most common warning signs of eye problems in adults. If you suspect that you are experiencing any of these problems, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.
Decreased Visual Acuity in the Dark
Your retina has photoreceptors, which are also known as rods and cones. The rods allow you to see in low-light conditions, while the cones help you distinguish between different colors. As you grow older, these photoreceptors can decrease in number. This may cause you to struggle to distinguish different hues or see in the dark.
Sudden Blurring or Loss of Vision
Seeing floaters or halos around lights is a common sign of macular degeneration or cataract development. Meanwhile, sudden vision loss or a curtain-like blockage across your visual field can be a sign of retinal detachment. If this happens then you need to contact an eye care specialist as soon as possible.
Reduced Tear Production
Hormonal changes as you age can lead to decreased tear production. Your tears are a complex mixture of fatty oils, water and mucus. Their job is to protect your eyes from infection and make the surface of your eyes clear and smooth. Decreased tear production can lead to dry eyes. To improve your visual comfort, a doctor may prescribe artificial tear drops. As an expert in dry eye and glaucoma treatment, we recommend scheduling an eye exam as soon as you can.
Increased Sensitivity to Glare
As you age, changes in your eyes’ natural lenses can lead to light entering your eyes in a scattered way instead of the light being focused directly on your retina. This means you may experience heightened sensitivity to bright lights. Schedule an eye checkup as soon as you can to find out what to do next.
Elite Vision Care can help you with dry eye treatment along with many different kinds of eye care services. We can help with the management and treatment of all common eye problems, provide comprehensive eye exams and offer designer eyeglasses and sunglasses. Call us at (281) 205-0002 to learn more about our services and products. We serve patients in League City, TX, and nearby areas.