While ageing affects the health of our eyes, poor eye health should not be accepted as a way of life. There are several prevalent eye conditions to look out for from around 60 years of age, and you may not know you have a problem until serious, irreversible damage has occurred.
Some people avoid eye tests because they think nothing can be done to help their failing vision. However regular eye examinations with your optometrist can detect many conditions in their early stages, helping you maintain your independence and quality of life.
Advice to people over 60
Among over 60s, vision problems can also increase the likelihood of other problems such as depression and falls.
As you age, it’s important to be aware of the health of your eyes and any changes as they occur. Some of the key warning signs for eye conditions include:
- Spots in your vision
- Sudden eye pain, discomfort or redness
- Loss of central vision or edges of your vision
- Distorted vision
- Double vision
- Decreased colour vision
- Reduced ability to adjust to light changes
Four major eye conditions among people over 60
There are several eye conditions that become more common among people as they age, although they can affect anyone at any age.
Conditions that increase in likelihood after 60 include: