Newport Beach Retinal Vein Occlusion

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Age Related Eye Conditions and Diseases

 

Age can weaken your eyes and vision. Often glasses or contact lenses is enough to help you adjust to read better, distinguish colors, or adjust to glare. However, as you age, the risk for developing eye disease and disorders, such as retinal vein occlusion in Newport Beach, California, increases. There are several conditions to be aware of, and while they can affect anyone, of any age, people over 50 are most susceptible

 

Common, Usually Harmless, Age Related Eye Conditions

 

Presbyopia – The reduction or loss of ability to see objects up close or read small print. This is usually corrected with reading glasses. 

 

Floaters – Small spots that float around the field of vision. Usually these are normal and harmless. If flashes of light or the feeling of a sheer curtain being pulled over your vision occur, it could indicate a detached retina. This IS an emergency and needs to be addressed immediately. 

 

Dry Eyes – When the tear ducts cannot make enough tears, dry eyes can occur. This can result in discomfort, burning, or a temporary loss of vision. 

 

Over Tearing –Too many tears can happen after light or wind exposure or sudden changes in temperature. It could also be a sign of infection or a blocked tear duct. 

 

Although the above conditions are often harmless, it will be in your best interest to consult an eye doctor for further evaluation. You want to make sure that you do not have retinal vein occlusion in Newport Beach.

 

Common Age-Related Diseases and Disorders of the Eye that Require Immediate Treatment

 

Cataracts – These are cloudy areas that develop in the lens in the front of the eye. Cataracts are slow to form and generally cause no pain. Some remain small and do not alter the vision. When they become thick and/or large, an eye doctor might recommend surgical removal. 

 

Glaucoma  – Often associated with a pressure buildup inside the eye, if glaucoma is not treated, vision loss or blindness can result. Age, race, genetics, diabetes, and certain medications have been linked to glaucoma. Because there are no early signs of the disease, an eye exam is the best way to detect and treat glaucoma. 

 

Retinal Disorders – As the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., retinal disorders interfere with the transfer of images between the retina and brain. Common age related retinal disorders in Newport Beach include retinal vein occlusion, AMD, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment.

 

Corneal Diseases – The cornea is a clear, dome shaped lens, or window, in the front of the eye. It is complex and vulnerable to disease, infection, injury, or other damage. When this  happens, reduced vision, redness, pain, and watery eyes could result. This condition is best treated early on with medications and eye drops. In some cases, surgery is required. 

 

Temporal Arteritis – When the temple area of the forehead, and other parts of the body, become inflamed, headache, pain while chewing, and sensitivity around the temples can result. Overtime weakness in the shoulders and hips, nausea, and fever may arise followed by abrupt loss of vision. Women over 65 are most prone to this condition. If you’re having any of these symptoms, please consult your physician who may refer you to an eye doctor. 

 

Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam Now

 

Everyone who is over the age of 50 should have an annual eye exam that includes dilation of the eyes. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam now, please call to schedule an appointment with a Newport Beach retinal vein occlusion doctor from Retina Associates of Orange County.