Vision Disorders and Aging: The Implications for Seniors
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- Diabetic retinopathy – This disease causes progressive damage to blood vessels that nourish the retina, and is a common condition among people with diabetes. The chances of you developing diabetic retinopathy increase the longer you’re living with diabetes.
- Cataracts – These cloudy areas in a typically clear part of the lens of your eye can interfere with normal vision, depending on size and location. Cataracts normally develop in both eyes and cause increased sensitivity to glares and dull colors.
- Glaucoma – This group of eye disorders associated with damages to the optic nerve can cause permanent vision loss. Those most susceptible to this disease are people with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans and older adults.
- Retinal detachment – Most often an accident, retinal detachment is the tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue in the eye. However, trauma to the eye or head and advanced diabetes can also cause detachment and must be treated immediately to prevent permanent vision loss.