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Common Eye Diseases That Can Result in Blindness in Aging

Vision problems often begin as a painless and ever-growing problem. Sometimes, people don’t even notice them. That is why it can be hard to detect in aging eyes.

Even aging adults can find them hard to detect. However, the earliest signs of vision problems actually begin with behavior changes most of the time. So, if you notice that your loved one is aging and beginning to act differently, you may want to get them checked out by an experienced eye doctor. 

An example of this is if you notice your aging loved one avoids reading or prefers to sit way closer to the TV now. They may even be mixing up their medications or confusing foods that have similar labels. They may even trip on things that are blatantly in front of them.

Let’s take a look at four common eye diseases that can result in blindness in aging eyes. 

Age-Related Muscular Degeneration (AMD)

A breakdown of AMD:

  • Usually causes a painless yet slow loss of vision.
  • Damage to the part of the retina that allows us to see straight ahead. 
  • The leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged over 65.

The Signs of AMD:

  • Shadow areas in the center of vision.
  • Unusually distorted or funny vision.
  • Not seeing things directly in front of them.

Cataracts

A breakdown of cataracts:

  • Vision becomes hazy and cloudy.
  • Most common cause of vision loss in people over 40.
  • Often it begins gradually.

The signs of AMD:

  • Blurry vision.
  • Having a harder time reading or seeing the clock.

Diabetic Eye Disease (Diabetic Retinopathy)

A breakdown of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.
  • A complication of diabetes.
  • Not noticeable at first but can worse over time and cause vision loss in both eyes.

The Signs of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Not seeing things directly in front of them.

Glaucoma

A breakdown of glaucoma:

  • Most types cause no pain and have no symptoms until vision loss occurs.
  • A group of eye disorders damaging the optic nerve.

The signs of glaucoma:

  • Not being able to see things in their peripheral vision.

Knowing what to expect when your aging loved ones are losing their vision is a priority. It is crucial that you are aware of any behavioral changes or tripping that may occur. Keep an eye on your aging loved one to ensure that you care for them as they require.

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