These are the most common eye conditions that we encounter as we get older:
Dry eye syndrome is a very common problem that causes sore, gritty feeling eyes. Whilst it is not always possible to completely cure Dry Eyes, modern drug and treatment programmes can make dry eyes much more comfortable.
Surprisingly, watery eyes are usually a symptom of Dry Eyes. This is because a dry eye is an eye in which the tears do not stick to the front of the eye properly – so they fall off causing watering. Many people can control their watery eyes by addressing the dry eye problem, but a small minority of people may need a tear duct drainage procedure.
Glaucoma is an eye condition affecting the optic nerve at the back of the eye. It usually has no symptoms but can easily be treated with drops if diagnosed early. Left untreated it can cause blindness. As part of your Eye Examination we will assess your individual risk of Glaucoma by using risk calculators that match your details to large scale research studies into glaucoma.
Cataract is a natural phenomenon that happens to everybody as they get older. The clear lens within the eye becomes less transparent as it ages so that by the age of 60 everyone has some development of cataract. When it becomes a problem replacement of the misty lens with a clear plastic one solves the problem.
Macular degeneration is a condition affecting the central part of the retina that is responsible for seeing detailed tasks such as reading. In the past this condition was untreatable, but recent developments mean that there are good treatments available for wet macular degeneration and drug treatment for dry macular degeneration can reduce the risk of getting worse.