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Sight After 60
As we age, it is important to keep a close eye on changes not only with your vision but with your eye health in general. The NHS in England and Wales recommend eye examinations for the over 60's every two years to monitor any changes. Because of this, they cover the cost of the sight exam.
The over 60's are more at risk of developing eye conditions including AMD, glaucoma and most commonly cataracts. The cause of cataracts is still unknown, however, it is believed that they could be a result of lens structure changes over time.
Usually vision will become blurry/cloudy or misty. Sufferers often report spots or patches where their vision is no longer as clear. Although commonly reported in both eyes, cataracts can affect each eye differently.
Cataracts are not painful and do not cause irritation, but symptoms may include:
- Struggling to see clearly in low light or very bright light
- Eyes becoming uncomfortable as a result of glare
- Colours appearing faded and less vibrant, often with a brown or yellow tinge
- Double vision
- A halo appearing around certain lights, such as car headlights or street lamps
- If you wear spectacles, they may no longer be as effective as they once were
The ever-changing lifestyles of the retired population has also changed the requirement of their glasses. For example, more and more of the older generation are using laptops and tablets these days. We can supply the ideal lenses to provide optimum vision for computer use/reading etc.
- 1 in 10 over 65's have some degree of Macular Degeneration
- 200 people a day are diagnosed with Macular Degeneration
- 75% of older people who suffer a fall as a result of poor vision, usually have a visual impairment that can be corrected