As you get older, your eyes are at a greater risk for developing a number of conditions. Our North Charleston optometrist, Dr. James Deavers, understands these risks and therefore gives his older patients the specialized attention and treatment that is necessary for the preservation of their vision and overall eye health. Macular degeneration is a term that is used to describe a group of related eye conditions that lead to the breakdown of your central and detail vision. There are two general types of age related macular degeneration called “wet” age related macular degeneration and “dry” age related macular degeneration. Unfortunately, the most common type of macular degeneration occurs so gradually that patients often do not realize they have it until their vision has already been significantly compromised. That is why it is important to visit Dr. Deavers regularly for eye exams so that we can detect conditions like this early.
Another common eye condition that occurs mostly in older people is the growth of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that makes it difficult to go through the everyday motions of life. You may find it difficult to see while reading, driving, or even reading the expression on someone’s face. Once cataracts have advanced significantly, surgical methods are necessary to correct the problem. A simple consultation with your local North Charleston optometrist, Dr. Deavers can help determine the severity of the cataract. Cataract surgery is quite simply and is usually very effective. A final eye condition that typically occurs in old age is presbyopia. If you are over the age of 40 and are finding that you have to hold your daily newspaper at arm’s length in order to make out the print, you may have presbyopia. Common symptoms that occur with presbyopia are eye strain, headache, and fatigue. Presbyopia can easily be correct using reading glasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery.
To learn more about your eye health, we invite you to browse through our North Charleston optometrist website and to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Remember to schedule regular appointments with Dr. Deavers to keep your eye health in check. To reserve your next appointment, you can either call our office directly or request your desired appointment time online.