Seniors often experience vision deterioration, but many common issues can often be corrected using glasses or contact lenses. A recent study from the National Eye Institute (NEI) ranked the following eye diseases as the leading causes of vision deterioration:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) gradually destroys the macula, or the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision.
- Cataracts consist of a clouding of the lens in the eye, which causes blurred vision.
- Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the retina, or the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
- Glaucoma can cause fluid and pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve.
According to the NEI, 2 million adults suffer from AMD, approximately 24.4 million adults have cataracts, 7.7 million are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, and 2.7 million have glaucoma. These statistics show the importance of proper eye care and scheduling annual appointments with your ophthalmologist.
Shell Point residents benefit from an onsite medical center with an array of specialty physicians, including ophthalmologists, who see patients directly at Shell Point. This provision affords the opportunity for specialized care without the need for residents to travel unless they choose to do so.