It is important to have regular eye examinations as we get older and these are free on the NHS for everyone over 60. An eye examination is recommended every 2 years for adults up to 70 and annually thereafter but can be arranged immediately if someone develops a serious or worrying visual problem. It is recommended that diabetics and people over 40 with a close family history of glaucoma are seen annually.
During an eye examination an optometrist will assess the health of your eyes, looking for treatable but potentially sight-threatening conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and wet macular degeneration and may even reveal evidence of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Many cases of visual problems can be solved by an update of your spectacle prescription. You are much more likely to need some form of vision correction as you get older and almost everyone over 65 will need spectacles. At Mackereths, we can provide you with stylish spectacles at affordable prices and offer you expert advice on all aspects of frames and lenses, whatever your needs. We are committed to providing you with friendly and personal service, with the highest standards in professional eye care.
Most people from their mid-40`s onwards experience presbyopia which causes problems for near vision. This occurs when the lens inside your eye loses of its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on close-up objects. Presbyopia is a natural condition and is easily corrected with spectacles.
In later life, you are more likely to experience a medical problem which restricts your vision. You may not even notice some of the symptoms initially, which is why regular eye examinations are essential. Your vision is precious and the sooner a problem is detected, the greater the chance of it being treated successfully.
Glaucoma is caused by high pressure inside the eye and is potentially serious as it may result in tunnel vision and eventual blindness if left untreated. The condition tends to progress gradually and is often symptomless in the early stages. Glaucoma mainly affects people over the age of 40 and is hereditary. Your optometrist can detect glaucoma, even in its early stages and it usually be treatable with drops, although occasionally laser or surgery may be required.
A cataract is a misting of the lens inside your eye, due to ageing, with cataracts affecting more than half the population over 65. The symptoms of cataracts are a painless deterioration of sight, with misty, blurred or double vision, often with glare problems from sunlight or night driving. Early cataract symptoms may often be helped by updating your spectacles, but in more advanced cases a simple operation, under local anaesthetic, may be done to restore good vision by removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear plastic one .Your optometrist can advise you about all aspects of cataract and its treatment. We are members of the Calderdale NHS cataract refinement scheme.
The macula is the central part of the retina that enables us to see straight ahead and perform detailed visual work such as reading, watching TV and driving.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of poor sight in those aged over 60. Although it is not painful and does not cause complete blindness, it may `block out the central vision, which can make it very difficult to carry out many everyday activities.
Macular degeneration can develop either quickly or gradually. The warning signs are blurred or distorted central vision, sometimes with a blank patch in the middle of your vision. Some forms of this disease are treatable if caught in the early stages. If you notice any sudden distortion in your vision consult your optometrist immediately.
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