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Seeing Clearly: Understanding AMD and Aging Eyes

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As we embrace the golden years, our eyes undergo transformations that can affect our vision. Understanding these changes is vital for timely intervention, particularly concerning conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Del Mar Family Eye Care explores the common signs of aging eyes and unveils strategies to safeguard your vision.

Understanding Age-Related Vision Changes: Early Warning Signs

Do you need to know how your eyes change with age? Look out for these early warning signs:

Trouble Reading Fine Print

After 40, presbyopia sets in, making reading and close-up tasks challenging. Solutions for presbyopia include reading glasses, bifocal or multifocal lenses, and contact lenses designed to address near and far vision. Refractive surgeries, such as LASIK or lens replacement surgery, can also effectively correct presbyopia by improving the eye's focusing ability.

Scratchy, Painful Dry Eyes

Reduced tear production is a common consequence of aging, leading to the uncomfortable condition known as dry eye. As we get older, the composition and quantity of tears produced by the eyes may change, resulting in symptoms like itching, burning, redness, and a gritty sensation in the eyes.

Red, Swollen Eyelids

DMFEC 492745 AMD blog 6716Blepharitis, an eyelid inflammation, becomes more prevalent with age, leading to red or swollen eyes. Manage this condition with regular eyelid hygiene, warm compresses, and prescribed ointments or eye drops.

Spots or Floaters in Your Vision

Changes in the vitreous, the jelly-like substance within the eye, can result in the formation of floaters — small, dark specks or cobweb-like shapes that drift across your field of vision. While floaters are often a normal part of aging, a sudden increase in their number or the appearance of light flashes could indicate a more serious issue.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition primarily affecting people over 50. It involves the macula's deterioration, the retina's central part responsible for sharp, central vision. AMD can lead to a decline in central vision and challenging activities like reading and recognizing faces.

The treatment approach for AMD varies depending on the specific type of the condition. It may involve medications, or in some cases, laser therapy can slow the progression of the disease. Early detection through regular eye exams is crucial for timely intervention and management of AMD.

Prioritize Your Vision: Schedule an Eye Exam Today

Are your eyes showing signs of aging? Contact us at 720-262-9744 to schedule your eye exam today and prioritize your vision wellness. If you have concerns or need guidance on eye health and care, our experienced team provides comprehensive support and tailored treatment options.