4 Important Indicators of Senior Vision Problems

park-12-19-16-id-100412598-radnattPeople across the Triangle expect their bodies to change with age. There is also a decline in vision, and it is common in those patients older than 60. Although vision loss is a normal part of the aging process, some vision issues can and should be paid attention to if they happen.

In the Raleigh-Durham area, seniors rely on Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology to provide not only routine care, but to discover any hidden health issues and arrange the effective treatment. Patients should be aware that sudden vision changes require an immediate exam from Dr. Friedland or their eye doctor.

Park Ophthalmology shares four vision conditions that need swift medical attention:

  • Double vision: A sudden occurrence of double vision can be serious. Some underlying causes of double vision are strokes, aneurysms and brain swelling. There are many benign causes of double vision as well, but older patients should seek medical attention immediately if they are suddenly seeing double.
  • Blurry vision: When only one eye delivers a blurry image, older patients should be concerned. Those over 60 are at a greater risk of developing a hole in the retina, which results in the blurriness. Prompt treatment from an eye care professional such as Dr. Friedland is necessary to prevent permanent vision loss.
  • Spots and floaters: Eye floaters usually aren’t serious. They are caused when bits of the eye’s vitreous liquid break loose and float inside the eye, sometimes crossing within a person’s vision. If floaters or spots occur suddenly, the cause could be a tear or detachment of the retina. This condition needs to be treated immediately or serious damage can occur.
  • Pain, redness, nausea: Older adults are already at an increased risk for glaucoma, a sight-stealing condition related to pressures within the eye. Although glaucoma usually develops gradually and without noticeable symptoms, narrow-angle glaucoma often manifests with eye pain and redness, plus nausea and vomiting. This condition can quickly cause permanent vision damage. Patients should see Dr. Friedland immediately if they have this combination of symptoms.

Maintaining eye health into the senior years requires attention to these four serious conditions and other potential vision problems. If anyone reading this post is experiencing any worrisome vision problems, call Park Ophthalmology today for an appointment with Beth. R. Friedland, M.D.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for your eyes and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


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Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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