THE RIGHT STEPS TO LOOKING AFTER YOUR EYES
As you get older, it’s important to take the right steps to look after your eyes, whether it is through wearing the right glasses for seniors or seeking further treatment.
Everything that matters happens within arm’s reach, from your morning paper to seeing the grandchildren, you don’t want to miss a thing. It’s important you are doing everything you can to get the best vision.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EYE DISEASE IN SENIORS
As we age, so do our eyes and vision. There are a few common eye conditions that can affect older adults so it is important to recognise the signs
- Difficulty seeing objects up close
- Poor depth perception
- Changes in colour vibrancy
- Problems seeing in dim light
- Loss of peripheral (side) vision
- Problems driving – e.g. an inability to see road signs clearly, or slowness adapting to glare at night
Eye conditions at 60
The quicker a condition is detected, the easier it can be to treat or manage. Make sure you are visiting your optician at least every 2 years for an eye examination or more often if advised by your eye care professional. Here are some of the conditions that typically affect people in their 60s.
Glaucoma is common in adults in their 70s and 80s and doesn’t normally present any symptoms, to begin with. However, you may notice it changes in your peripheral vision. You might also notice blurred vision or rainbow-coloured circles around lights.
In some cases, glaucoma can develop very quickly, and you may experience eye pain, red eyes, headaches and even nausea. It happens as a result of a blockage in the eye, causing a rise in pressure.
Risk factors include age, family history and even having myopia can increase your chances. Some ethnic groups are more at risk of glaucoma; those of African or Afro-Caribbean descent have an increased risk of developing chronic open-angle glaucoma, while those of Asian descent are more at risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma.
Cataracts usually occur in adults aged 65 or above. It is a condition where the lens of your eye becomes cloudy. You may experience blurry eyesight or finding lights too bright. Colours could appear faded too. It’s important to see an optician if you encounter these signs.
It is mostly age that causes cataracts, as the proteins in the lens start to change. However, other factors can increase your risk. This includes a family history of cataracts, excessive alcohol, a poor diet and even UV can have a cumulative effect(1).
AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
The third eye disease that older adults are at risk of is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is most common in those over 50. It is painless but means your vision becomes increasingly blurred, particularly in the centre of your eye.
You may experience blind spots or distorted images; if this happens, visit our optician immediately.
All 3 of these conditions are some of the leading causes of blindness in the UK. It is imperative that you seek medical help as soon as you notice anything different in your vision.
Eye health relies on various factors mentioned above; age, genetics, smoking, diet and light. Light is one of the modifiable risk factors on which an ophthalmic lens may act by selectively filtering harmful UV and Blue-Violet light.
DRY EYE SYNDROME
Tear ducts may deteriorate with age and lose moisture. This may lead to dry and uncomfortable eyes, which may be red and irritated. There are effective and simple ways to manage dry eye syndrome such as painless light pulses administered by your optician which can give a long-lasting solution.
CORRECTING YOUR VISION WITH GLASSES FOR SENIORS
Now you are in your senior years you will have become accustomed to presbyopia, age-related long-sightedness. You may already wear varifocals lenses or ‘ready-readers’ to correct your near vision but it’s key to ensure your glasses are optimised for all of your individual visual needs. Varilux X series glasses for seniors can make sure you’re able to see across all vision zones, from playing with the grandchildren to meeting friends for a coffee.
Varilux X series lenses can dramatically reduce the unnecessary need for head movement which previous varifocal lens designs required. This particular type of varifocals will reduce image distortions in order to create a comfortable and effortless experience. Your Varilux lenses can even be modified through a unique measurement process to make sure your glasses are made to your physiological needs and vision behaviour to deliver the best visual experience for you. It’s not just about your prescription or Add, there’s much more to your eyesight!
Seeing clearly has never been so easy. With breakthrough technology, your glasses for seniors can mean you’re able to carry on with your favourite hobbies without interruption.
PROTECTING YOUR VISION WITH THE RIGHT LENSES
As a senior, it is likely that you have already retired or are thinking about retirement. This is the perfect time to enjoy yourself, whether it’s by working on the garden or travelling to new destinations. Glasses for seniors are perfectly suited to help you continue your lifestyle; after all, your vision shouldn’t slow you down!
Transitions are a convenient solution for seniors who find themselves in and out of the garden or strolling down to the shops or local café. It’s crucial to protect your eyes from UV light, especially as UV light can have a cumulative effect on your eye health and can contribute to eye conditions such as cataracts(1).
Transitions glasses for seniors will automatically adapt to changes in light to ensure your lenses are providing optimal visual comfort by only letting the right amount of light to reach your eyes. With fast and responsive technology, Transitions lenses can reduce glare and enhance colour perception, allowing you to go about your daily business with ease.
Adults over 60 may find themselves with a lot more time to travel and see destinations they couldn’t manage to while having a full-time job. With this in mind, it’s key that you invest in corrective sunglasses that will protect your vision while ensuring you can see clearly.
Xperio Polarised technology for seniors can provide excellent UVA and UVB protection(2) and will eliminate blinding glare, which is particularly great for sensitive eyes or to help with recovery after ocular surgery. You’ll have great comfortable vision while looking great in those sunglasses you’ve always had your eye on, especially with a wide range of colours and styles to match anyone’s fashion. So, if you’ve got an exciting holiday booked in for yourself or with the whole family, cherish every moment in the sunshine while protecting your eyes.
EXPLORE LENS SOLUTIONS FOR SENIORS
(1) McCarty CA, Taylor HR. A review of the epidemiologic evidence. linking ultraviolet radiation and cataracts. Dev Ophthalmol. 2002; 35:21-31.
(2) When combined with Crizal Sun UV